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Meet the Author

John Rowell
John Rowell
Though he hails from the South, New York theater critic John Rowell has a style as eclectic as the metropolis he now calls home -- as is evident in his buzzed-about debut collection of stories, The Music of Your Life. Rowell told us in an interview why he loves his craft: "You know what Dorothy Parker said when someone asked her what she liked best about writing? She said, 'Having written.' Amen."

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In our interview, Rowell shared some funny, fascinating facts about himself:

"My first job was as an usher/ticket taker at a movie theater the summer I was 14. We ran The Deep all summer long -- I must have watched it 35 times. All the teenage boys who worked at the theater would know instinctively when the scenes with Jacqueline Bisset appearing in a wet T-shirt or topless were happening in a given showing. It was like clockwork -- they'd be behind the concession counter, cleaning the grease in the popcorn popper, or rehooking the carbonation line to the soda machine, and then they'd just all of a sudden drop everything and run inside the theater for three or four minutes and then come back and resume their task. This happened every day, all summer long. We also showed Walking Tall, Part Three for half the summer. Buford Pusser was big in North Carolina."

"What inspires my writing? I'm southern, so of course I'd have to say my early inspiration came from overhearing the conversations of funny, colorful, eccentric people, even, perhaps especially, in my own family -- I'd say that's true for many writers, probably, but almost certainly true of southern writers. Falling in love with the way people behave, the way they talk, the turns of phrase they use. I imagine anyone who reads my stores will be able to glean that -- there's a lot of dialogue in several of the stories. It's so simple, really, what a writer's inspiration comes from, so basic -- just watching, observing and listening, and remembering what you watch, observe and hear -- and preferably from an early age, which I did. The mechanism, as it usually is, was in place before I was even aware of its existence or function -- it was saving it all up for me, like a silent computer file, for me to claim it and use it later. That's one of the divine gifts that writers get early on, before they know they're writers. It served me when I was an actor, too, which I was for many years."

"I haven't been unwinding lately -- the book came out at the same time I was preparing to finish up my M.F.A. program at Bennington, so I was out doing readings and signings in all these cities, and then I'd come back to my hotel room to work on my graduate lecture and thesis. It was kind of maddening, but, I guess, maddening in a good way. So now the book is out, and I have my degree, so I probably should think about unwinding, now that you mention it! Though I know my own workaholic nature, so I'm starting to get serious about my next project, which is a novel."

"I live in New York, and have a gig as a theater critic, so I go to the theater all the time, which is fun. Other than that, I do what everybody else does -- go to movies, read books, read magazines, obsessively check email, obsessively write email, surf the Web, go out for drinks. New York offers up endless distractions -- good and bad. It's always a balancing act living here -- how many distractions today am I going to a) indulge in or b) pass up? Sometimes it's a wonder I ever get any work done, though I'm learning to be more disciplined.... I think."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 10, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fayetteville, North Carolina
    1. Education:
      B.A., The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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