Is your work political?
My book “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” addresses politics, policy making, and social injustices through satire.
What is the place of literature in politics?
Satire as literature is a powerful means of persuasion. When people are laughing about a contentious topic, their defenses are down, and might be more open to considering alternative viewpoints, or looking more closely at a topic they’re neutral about. Satire and humor knocks some of the tension off.
What is your favorite political work?
I admire the work published in The Belladonna and “New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Tales of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay.” I also love Alexandra Petri’s Washington Post column and books by Sarah Vowell.
Do you feel voting is important?
Voting is just as important as flossing. It might be inconvenient and not seem like it makes a difference, but in the long run it contributes to a healthy democracy. And gums.
What are your hopes for this election?
Hope? I’d almost forgotten what “hope” is. I hope to resurrect that elusive thing called “hope.”
Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. Her book “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” (Bison Books), which Sarah Vowell said “is a wry, astute charmer,” was named a nonfiction finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Midge’s McSweeney’s essay “Open Letter to White Women Concerning the Handmaid’s Tale and America’s Historical Amnesia” won a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Midge aspires to be the Distinguished Writer in Residence for Seattle’s Space Needle and considers her contribution to humanity to be her sparkly personality. Visit her website: https://tiffanymidge.wixsite.com/website
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