D. Harlan Wilson
HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
All of the above. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and evening, and (skim) milk in every cup.
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
Both. And neither. My latest novel, Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia, is an affirmation/critique of pop cultural and academic lifestyles and aesthetics.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Dreams, films and literature. Above all, though—Headline News, which, for me, consistently reifies the notion that reality is better than fiction.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I used to play basketball a lot. Not anymore. I still exercise every day, though, alternating between elliptical machines and free weights. I have 300+ lb. bench press and enjoy bodybuilding. If only I could reduce my carb intake! But I’m much too fond of bread and pasta.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
In literature, Franz Kafka, William S. Burroughs, and Philip K. Dick. In film, David Lynch, David Lynch, and David Lynch.
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
A little, but not as much as I’d like to. As a kid, I lived for shows like Hong Kong Phooey, Superfriends, He-Man, Looney Tunes and Star Blazers. Nowadays my cartoon-watching is relegated to ultraviolent animé flics. And, of course, the occasional episode of South Park.
D. Harlan Wilson is the author of several collections of short stories such as Pseudo-city and a new science fiction novel, Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia (Raw Dog Screaming Press 2007), the first of three novels in "The Scikungfi Trilogy". Other upcoming projects include Blankety Blank: A Novel of Vulgaria (Raw Dog Screaming Press 2008) and a book of literary criticism, Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction (Guide Dog Books 2008). For more on Wilson and his writing, visit him online at www.dharlanwilson.com or MySpace.