One Minute With: Reggie Nadelson
Friday 19 June 2009
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my Notting Hill flat in London looking out on to the trees in the garden. For a New Yorker, this passes for a house on the beach.
What are you currently reading?
Philip Roth's Sabbath Theater, as well as re-reading I Married a Communist.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you like her/him
Alice Munro, whom I adore. I'm not normally a short story lover but she gets a whole world into a few pages and is probably the greatest stylist.
Describe the room where you usually write
In New York, I live in a loft on the fourth floor of a a former manufacturing building. I like to call it my Jewish Princess loft.
What distracts you from writing?
Everything, especially looking out of the window from my apartment in downtown Manhattan where there are a lot of films being made.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
For me and for ten million girls growing up, it was Jane Eyre . Now, I think it might be Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It or a character from a Woody Allen film.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
The great ones who are really obsessed readers and who almost believe the characters are real. I also have a lot of male readers as thriller writing is traditionally a male genre.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Right now, it's Barack Obama, the man from Krypton, our saviour: where did they get this guy? After eight years of walking around London, apologising every time for our president, I can now say "we have such a lovely one and you don't!"
Reggie Nadelson's 'Londongrad' is published by Atlantic Books
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