What We Eventually Remember

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Over at PEN, Emily St. John Mandel chats about forming an identity:

I’d been a dancer all my life but didn’t really want to dance anymore. I spent a great deal of time scheming desperately to get back to New York, where I’d lived for five blissful months during the previous year. I’d always written as a hobby, but during that period it occurred to me that writing was something that could replace dance in my life, and also I sensed that immersing myself in a large-scale project might be helpful in retaining my sanity until I could escape to a new city.

The interview also touches on influence, obsession, and that fine line between government surveillance and unwarranted harassment.


Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →