Is your work political?
Accidentally. I grew up in a highly politicized environment and developed a violent distaste for it. Or put it another way — I’ve cultivated a passion for everything politics can’t or won’t address.
What is the place of literature in politics?
Literature reps the human experience. Everything should reference it for a reality check. It blew my mind when Obama mentioned Philip Roth. It was the first time I realized a high-ranking official lived in the same world as me.
What is your favorite political work?
“Tropic of Capricorn” —one man’s gut-wrenching experience of a collapsing, heartless civilization. Also Herzog…history as a joke and we’re the punchline. And the Beatles “Taxman“—death as bureaucracy.
Do you feel voting is important?
I wish it were more important. Sometimes it feels like a dare, a mental health test which it isn’t. Yet even though most of the ills don’t budge from election to election, these leaders do seem to “tint the times.” We pretend it doesn’t matter at our own peril.
What are your hopes for this election?
That we don’t bellyflop into the boiling cauldron of armageddon.
I write fiction, rants, and memories. www.danielweizmann.com
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