Our own Annalisa Quinn recently got to spend some time with Boy, Snow, Bird author Helen Oyeyemi:
We have come from a media lunch, at one of those restaurants where, when you order ravioli, they give you exactly four pieces arranged tastefully on a plate. Anthony Weiner walked by, face set and nostrils flared. (“That,” Oyeyemi said later, “was not a good omen.”)
Oyeyemi has led a cosmopolitan life, bouncing from city to city all over the world, though now she (and a large collection of teapots) are settled in Prague.
"I hit something in eastern Europe. There’s something so strange about it that ties in with my psychology. There’s a kind of volatility. When the changes happen they’re fantastical changes, like in Prague just recently, the festival of light. There’s a tower on a hill, and they transformed it into a lighthouse and the hill into waves. So when the city changes it’s a big shift. Cities like New York and London change in increments. Places open and close. Places like Prague and Budapest, they change. Nights in Budapest are so dark, maybe because the street lighting is so terrible, but the nights seems darker and full of shadows."
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I really really really really really really really really really want to read this book.