Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Alina Stefanescu. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent in the struggle against man. The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of its immortality. It can never by conquered. The more stupid, the more senseless, the more helpless it may seem, the vaster it is. Evil is impotent before it. The prophets, religious teachers, reformers, social and political leaders are impotent before it. This dumb, blind love is man’s meaning. Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil, struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness. But if what is human in human beings has not been destroyed even now, then evil will never conquer.” —Vassily Grossman, Life and Fate, published in the fabulous NYRB Classics.
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
Because this life I love beyond word and measure will end. Because I will die. Because I fear death. I write in opposition.
Alina also wanted to include this:
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
Alina was born in Romania, raised in Alabama, and reared by the love-ghost of Hannah Arendt and Tom Waits. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her partner and three small people. She aims for a clean ontology and has grown tired of her glib biography. As a result, she is working on becoming a better person at which point she can pen a more productive and earnest biography. Among her pivotal accomplishments remains the moment when her second grade teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic School told Alina’s parents that she had “potential.” Despite her lack of Catholicism.
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See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.