If you are a regular Paper Tape reader, you may know David Licata as the author of a “Other Leevilles,” short story we published in January, but David is not just an accomplished fiction writer. He’s a filmmaker, as well. His films have shown on PBS stations across the country and screened at dozens of festivals all over the world including New Directors/New Films (curated by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA) and the Tribeca Film Festival.
In this interview with Paper Tape editor Kristy Harding, we talk about David’s documentary in-progress, A Life’s Work.
PT: How would you describe A Life’s Work?
DL: A Life’s Work is a documentary about people engaged with projects they most likely won’t see completed in their lifetimes, projects that could have a profound, positive global impact. That’s the elevator pitch. I’ve been rethinking the word “documentary” because it suggests certain things that A Life’s Work is not. It’s more of a film essay about legacy, time, mortality, continuity, passion, and dedication. But I’m not exactly gung ho on the term “film essay,” either, partly because when you say it people either roll their eyes and think you’re pretentious and your film will be an unwatchable mess, or they don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
Nicole Villeneuve writes about the favorite recipes of famous writers at her blog, Paper & Salt. A comparative literature major, she works in book publishing by day and cooks in her tiny Manhattan apartment by night. She has written about food and books for the Daily Beast, Huffington Post and BonAppetit.com, among others.
In this interview with Paper Tape editor Kristy Harding, Nicole talks about Paper & Salt’s process and origin story, her cross-country adventure, and what’s on her reading list and going on in her kitchen.
PT: How would you describe Paper & Salt?
NV: Paper & Salt recreates the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction. I describe it as part food and recipe blog, part historical discussion, and part literary fangirl-ing, which is probably as close to a cogent description as I’ll get!
AJ Janavel is the creator of the all ages webcomic Must Be This Tall about three kids who go on huge adventures that just happen to take place in their backyard. He sometimes goes by Alfred James, because he wants to feel fancy.
In this interview with Paper Tape editor, Kristy Harding, Alfred talks about the origins of Must Be This Tall, his process and inspiration, and whether or not cheese whiz is essential in a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
Carlo Matos is an Azorean-American writer currently living in Chicago, IL, where he teaches English at the City Colleges of Chicago by day and trains cage fighters by night. After hours he can be found entertaining clients at the Chicago Poetry Bordello. He is also the poetry editor for City Brink.
Carlo has published five books: A School for Fishermen (BrickHouse Books), Counting Sheep Till Doomsday (BlazeVox), Ibsen’s Foreign Contagion (Academica Press), Big Bad Asterisk* (BlazeVox), and Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora (forthcoming). His poems, stories and essays have appeared in over a dozen magazines including The Rumpus, Atticus Review, Word Riot, HTML Giant, and DIAGRAM. He blogs at Fighting and Writing.
In this interview with Paper Tape editor, Kristy Harding, Carlo talks about his novella The Secret Correspondence of Loon and Fiasco (Mayapple Press, due December 2014), artificial intelligence, California, and paradox.
Carl Olsen got his PhD in Scandinavian Studies at UC Berkeley in 2009. His dissertation was on viking poems about pictures of myths on shields, which is pretty much the most awesome dissertation topic ever. He continued as a lecturer at UC Berkeley until Summer 2012 and most recently taught as a Visiting Professor in the Scandinavian Department at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN. In addition to teaching and researching, he writes poetry, draws stuff, and blogs about Vikings, Scandinavian Studies, science fiction and fantasy, and lots of other stuff at Vikings, Books, etc. You can find links to his poetry on his blog, and you can find his art both on his blog and on deviantART.
In this interview we talk about how Carl became a Doctor of Viking Studies, his art and research on the Norse sagas, and why Norse culture is more complicated than you might think.
Maya Lionne is a genderqueer author and professor of writing, currently living in Portland, Oregon. Their work has appeared in The Pitkin Review Literary Magazine, Paper Tape, and Soul’s Road: a Fiction Collection (although you might not know it was them.) They enjoy musty old books, giant robots, and model tanks.
In this interview, we talk about Maya’s novel in progress, There are no Butterflies in Salem, what it was like when Maya first began to identify as genderqueer, and we dispel a few myths along the way.
In this interview, we talk with Naropa MFA grad, Renee Zepeda, about her book Boy Energy: Notes on Departure, inspiration, and wanderlust.
Renee Zepeda is a poet-teacher-yogi-mystic-nature-lover currently seeking a way out of the Bermuda triangle of the Poconos. Watch/help her escape: twitter.com/ThePR | visualreiki.tumblr.com .