5 Burning Questions With Joseph Young


  1. What’s the easiest thing about writing?

The easiest thing about writing would have to be writing. Thinking about it can be unsettling, anticipating it worse. Reading my writing is prone to several kinds of anxiety. Talking about writing isn’t hard, but not generally so exciting. Writing however, the act, is pretty filled up with enchantment. Once there in the liminal state of it the words come without much trouble. And what trouble there is, it’s a happy one.

  1. What are you doing when you’re not writing?

I make visual art, collage and the like. Or I work, editing and proofreading people’s books. Or very often I go for walks or hang out with people, in the main my girlfriend, Amanda.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using no adjectives.

Writing—like any art making—is an opportunity to represent an unseen world with the seen. A description or some dialogue, or a collage, is a seductive mask for a mystery, the mystery I guess.

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poverty/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

 In fiction you get to play with some imagined lives. What’s behind all that funny talking and acting people do? How do we manage to even understand each other? Words are a funny way to represent a life, but when you get them close to right something happens.

  1. Have you ever done something unusual for the sake of your writing? What was it and how did it work out?

I doubt it.

And a bonus question because 6 Burning Questions just doesn’t have the same ring to it. 

When asked “What do you do?” do you talk about your writing?

Yeah, inasmuch as I talk about myself at all. That is, I don’t mind identifying myself that way but in many instances I move the attention towards the other person fairly quickly.

To learn more about Joseph Young, you can visit josephayoung.tumblr.com and/or josephyoung.net.

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