RAIN TAXI Interviews Davis Schneiderman

Here’s an excerpt from “I’ve Never Been Me,” Tom Williams and Ben Whisman’s interview with Davis Schneiderman, which appears in the Spring 2014 print edition of Rain Taxi: Review of Books:

My life is a series of increasingly unexplainable attempts to discover something by not discovering, by surrendering traditional notions of what it means to be a writer or academic or intellectual or anything, really. The only thing I grow more sure of as I grow older is the fact that my interests and passions are fickle and temporary, and this stems to a certain extent from the figure of my father, an eight-year terminal brain cancer survivor, who reminds me each day in his completely changed and degraded state that the person I “am” is temporary. There is no me. I always suspected this from my work on the aleatory methods of William S. Burroughs’ cut-ups and other long-ago avant-garde movements, but I feel this more keenly than ever before.

Therefore, I have trouble slowing down and not working. Trouble sleeping. Trouble relaxing. I have unquiet dreams.

[….]

I’ve never been me, really.

There is no Davis Schneiderman.

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

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