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Posted By Alex Belth On April 4, 2011 @ 10:02 am In Arts and Culture,Baseball,Bookish,Bronx Banter,Games We Play,Links: Interviews | Comments Disabled


Our good pal Josh Wilker is interviewed in the New Yorker’s book blog [2]:

At one point in the book, you write, “I have spent most of my adult life imagining and reimagining the past and now I never know beyond a shadow of a doubt what actually happened.” Could you elaborate a little on that? Did that make it easier or harder to write “Cardboard Gods”?

I’ve written incessantly about the past for over two decades in any form I could manage—in notebook rantings, in poems, in letters, in essays, most recently in blog posts, and most extensively in fictional form. I am trying to get at certain emotional truths, I guess, and after a while any certainty I once had about how things actually occurred eroded. One thing I do remember for sure is that when I was a kid, I made a vow to myself to remember everything. But in trying to keep this vow I actually broke it, going over the same ground again and again until the ground had changed. It didn’t make it any easier or harder to write “Cardboard Gods.” The challenge of the writing of the book was the same challenge I’d always faced, which was to try to get the thing to feel true. I wanted the details to be honest, as honest as I could manage, and I certainly didn’t fabricate anything that I know didn’t happen, if that makes any sense, but I know my memory is faulty and that it long ago became subservient to my ruinous and sustaining need to narrate.

Hot dog.


If you haven’t read Josh’s book, Cardboard Gods [4], well, it is now available in paperback [5]. Get goin’, now, git.

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[2] interviewed in the New Yorker’s book blog: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/03/opening-day-exchange-josh-wilker.html#entry-more

[3] Image: http://bronxbanter.arneson.name/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/wilker_cardboardgods_jkt_lr.jpg

[4] read Josh’s book, Cardboard Gods: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2010/05/13/bronx-banter-interview-josh-wilker/

[5] now available in paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Cardboard-Gods-Josh-Wilker/dp/1616200693/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1

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