An interview with Daniel Joseph.
Lex Berman interviews Daniel Joseph about Terminal Boredom the first anthology of Izumi Suzuki’s science fiction to appear in English.
The author, Izumi Suzuki, who committed suicide in 1986, had developed a career as a writer, using science fiction to project her own experience in fantastic landscapes and situations. Our conversation ranges from the quasi-utopian Women and Women where men, as inferior beings, are sequestered into the GETO, to The Old Seaside Club, where a surreal, slow-motion bar fight ends in meta-textual awareness.
Is it nihilism? Is it true love? Is it an altered consciousness critique of the mundane world? Yeah.
Recorded with Zencastr from Cambridge, MA and Brooklyn, NY on 21st May, 2021.
‘How long are you planning on staying on this planet?’ asks CHAIR after about half an hour has passed. ‘I want to stay here forever.’ ‘Everyone says that, dear. But you can’t, can you? You have to live your life. You have to cook, clean, look after the kids when they’re sick. You have to go out to work.’ ‘Why do I have to keep on living that life?’ ‘Well, I’m not sure why.’ Her voice strikes a gentler chord, all of a sudden. And I repeat that phrase in my head. ‘I’m not sure why.’ I fluff my pillow, turn off the lights, and chant a spell. Sleep, sleep. Make the world disappear..
Opening music clip: The Golden Cups src This Bad Girl
Ending music clip: The Mops src No Umbrella
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