Intervista IN LINGUA ORIGINALE a Julie Buxbaum, autrice di "Vorrei che fosse amore"

di Silvia Menini

Pubblicato mercoledì, 4 agosto 2010

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What does it mean for you being a writer?
Becoming a writer is essentially a dream come true. Although it’s technically work for me now, I think of it as much more than that. It’s my passion. I feel truly lucky that I get to spend my days doing something I love.

What is a novel for you?
A vacation. When I slip into a good book, I feel like the rest of the world disappears. I think that’s why I’ve always been such an avid reader. I love that feeling of losing myself in a story.

When did you realize for the first time to be talented in writing?
I’m not sure. I took a long and strange path to becoming a writer. I was a lawyer for a few years first, and though I had always enjoyed writing in my head—playing with sentences and words--I had rarely put anything down on paper. It wasn’t until I quit my law job—when I was in my late twenties—that I decided to take myself seriously as a writer, and actually make the commitment to writing things down.

The book and the Author of your life (your favorite one)
No doubt, my favorite book of all time is THE SECRET GARDEN, which plays a very large role in my second novel, AFTER YOU. Although it’s a children’s book (and I first discovered it as a child) I still turn to it regularly. Reading it is like therapy for me. There is just something magical about its story of self-healing and redemption.

What is your relationship with politics?
Although I now live in London, I follow US politics pretty religiously. I tend to lean towards the left.

What is your relationship with religion?
I’m Jewish and my husband is Sikh, so we joke that our daughter is Sikhish. But I’m much less interested in organized religion, and much more committed to recognizing any cultural traditions that can bring my family together.

Television news, newspaper or internet as a source of information?
Internet, and the newspaper online. I tend to be a bit allergic to television news. It’s less sensationalistic here in the UK, but as a rule I find newspapers easier to digest. I read the New York Times every day online.

What does it mean for you to have a child in 2010?
I worry a lot about the constant barrage of information that my daughter will grow up with and what constant access to the Internet will do to her attention span. Whether the next generation will lose the ability to sit comfortably for hours absorbed in a single book. I also wonder how her conception of privacy will be shaped in a world where we all live our lives publicly online. When I start to freak out about it, though, I console myself with the realization that every generation has feared the next technology, and for the most part, things have turned out reasonably okay.

One project for the future
Lately, in addition to my third book, I’ve been working on a blog: Julie Has Writer’s Blog. I’m enjoying the project immensely because it’s a way for me to communicate with my readers directly and practically in real time.

One dream?
To learn how to live in the moment.

Any advice for whom would like to follow your example?
I think anyone who wants to be a writer needs to do two things. 1) Actually write. Sounds obvious, but at least for me, it wasn’t. 2) Read widely and critically.

What is the main shortcoming of the today’s women?
I think there is a lot of pressure on today’s women to be perfect. To have a thriving career, to be great homemakers, to be the ideal mother, and at the same time, look great doing all of it. I think many of us hold ourselves to impossible standards, and we’d all be happier if we realized that perfection is an illusion.

Few words to describe how should be a woman in 2010
Happy and liberated!

One city where to live and work?
I used to live in Los Angeles, before I moved to London, and I loved it there. Very relaxed lifestyle, beautiful weather. Terrific coffee shops for writers. I feel like you are allowed to dream bigger in LA.

Who would you like to thank to have helped you becoming the person and writer you became?
My grandmother, who taught me to love the written word. My third book is in many ways an homage to her.

Describe yourself in 3 adjectives and 3 faults?
Lucky. Silly. Loyal. And three faults: Anxious, moody, easily distracted.

Talking about “The opposite of Love”…

Does Emily looks like you? How much of you is in her?
At least in my mind, Emily looks nothing like me. As for how much of me is in her, there is no doubt we have a lot in common. (We were both lawyers, we both lost our mothers young.) But despite our similarities, I think of us as wholly different people. I like to think she’s much crazier than I am, and certainly more self-destructive.

Do you ever think about the time when you were a lawyer?
Yes! I think about it whenever I find myself forgetting to appreciate my life as a writer.

What made you understand that the lawyer career was not your future?
When I realized that my main motivation for going to work each day was simply the paycheck. I’ve never been particularly interested in money, and it seemed a silly way to waste away my life. I hated that feeling on Sunday nights when I would dread going to work on Monday mornings, and hated that I’d spend the weekday bored, hoping desperately for the weekend to come. Now, I’m excited to get up in the morning and start working.

Love: What does it represent for you?
Not sure where to even start with that one. It’s such a big question. I wrote a whole book on it, and I still feel like I’m not sure.

What makes Emily so special?
According to the emails I receive, I think what makes people relate to Emily is her experience with the consequences of delaying grief. THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE is, in many ways, a delayed coming of age story—a look at how one woman negotiates love and career and the pressures of adulthood. There is something universal about Emily’s struggle to figure out who she wants to be in the big, scary world. I think that quest for identity is something we’ve all been through.


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