Rachel Kushner Interview: Where I Write


How significant is the place where you write? Very significant, according to the critically acclaimed American novelist Rachel Kushner, who here shares where she prefers to write – and why: “There’s just something about being at home.”

“I really like having no interaction with people.” Kushner would never answer the phone or have a conversation with someone while working, and generally prefers complete silence. This, she feels, is easier to control when working from a private space. Moreover, her office contains her most beloved books: “All of my books feel like they’re a kind of fuel – that they’re there for me in case I want to dip into them.”

Rachel Kushner (b. 1968) is an American writer. Her debut novel ‘Telex from Cuba’ (2008) was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the winner of the California Book Award. Kushner’s 2013 novel ‘The Flamethrowers’ was also a finalist for the National Book Award that year. Among other places, her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Paris Review. Moreover, she is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. Kushner lives in Los Angeles. For more about her see: http://rachelkushner.com/

Rachel Kushner was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in connection to the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2015.

Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016

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