• Novel Dialogue 3.3: In the Editing Room with Ruth Ozeki and Rebecca Evans (EH)

    Author(s):
    Rebecca Evans, Emily Hyde, Ruth Ozeki
    Date:
    2022
    Subject(s):
    Literature, Criticism
    Item Type:
    Podcast
    Tag(s):
    Zen Buddhism, film editing
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/ard6-3t60
    Abstract:
    Ruth Ozeki, whose most recent novel is The Book of Form and Emptiness, speaks with critic Rebecca Evans and guest host Emily Hyde. This is a conversation about talking books, the randomness and serendipity of library shelves, and what novelists can learn in the editing room of a movie like Mutant Hunt. Ozeki is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, and her novels unfold as warm-hearted parables that have been stuffed full of the messiness of contemporary life. The Book of Form and Emptiness telescopes from global supply chains to the aisles of a Michaels craft store and from a pediatric psychiatry ward to the enchanted stacks of the public library. The exigencies of environmental storytelling arch over this conversation. Evans asks Ozeki questions of craft (how to move a story through time, how to bring it to an end) that become questions of practice (how to listen to the objects stories tell, how to declutter your sock drawer). And we learn Ozeki's theory of closure: her novels always pull together at the end so that readers are free to continue pondering the questions they raise.
    Notes:
    DOI : https://doi.org/10.48617/pod.396
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    Last Updated:
    9 months ago
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