Sometimes you can't stand the world and you need to find somewhere you call home. Well, I haven't already found that place but I keep on searching....
Ok, so let’s talk about this evening because I’m still shaking about it.
Today it’s Book Day in Spain to commemorate Cervante’s death (actually he died on April 22nd but with calendar changes by Vatican, I think, nowadays it’s 23rd), so along the country there are especial events at bookstores, museums, etc. In Madrid there was a serie of sessions with various writers at different cultural centers. I attended to a “conference” of Mark Z. Danielewski at La Casa Encendida.
This american writer is one of my favourite modern authors and, while I was studying for my CAE exams I had to choose different books to read and learn different speeches and vocabulary, I decided to (re)read Only Revolutions in English this time.
First I have to say that Mark’s way of writing is “sign-iconic” - as he has said today - which means he combines writing and images to create a new reality for the story.
(If you don’t understand this, I recommend you google about it)
Although it was really hard for me to understand Sam & Hailey’s points of view even when I already knew how the story developed, I learnt a lot and I passed my exams.
During the conference, he mentioned few times “a band from Scotland who wrote a whole record about the book and the characters”. (You all can imagine my face in those moments).
After the audience’s questions, I went up to the stage to talk a bit with him and to sign Only Revolutions and The Fifty Year Sword. I was really nervous (everytime I meet someone I admire, I don’t know how to stay still and talk too fast, this time in English), but I managed to thank him for helping me, and when he heard that he inmediately apologized for the tricky way in which OR is written, and he was really surprised that a non-native English speaker dare to read his books in its original language. He has this peculiar point of view of the world which lets him see beyond the surface of reality and knows how to squeeze that trait and recreate it in his stories. You should read at least TFYS.
I don’t why but I told him that I’m a Biffy fan too and how I discovered both the band and his books almost at the same time but without knowing they were linked somehow and I saw references to the book in the lyrics and how they both, the book and the album, are sources of inspiration; then he told me that few days ago he was in Edimburgh and met there Simon and his wife and he spent a day at their house in the West Coast; I had to play it cool and act natural like I didn’t know anything about the band apart from their music because I didn’t want to look like a maniac fangirl or something. I respect Mark’s work too much to let my inner 13-year-old go crazy about it.
Finally, he congratulated me for my exams and signed both books with his iconic colour sharpies, which makes the books even more especial (TFYS was bought in Glasgow last week, and you know I’m madly in love with Scotland). Everythings is connected and everything makes sense right now in my life.
I expected him to be a bit pretentious, I mean, when you read a book/story it tells you things about the writer indirectly. However I couldn’t be more wrong, he treated everyone as he knew them from ages ago and made me feel comfortable (if that was possible) while we chatted.
"Never understimate the reader"
u know what the worst thing about being a girl is… is when another girl asks u for a hair tie, but its ur last one, but u can’t say u don’t have one because she knows its on ur wrist, so u give it to her, and then she says “oh i’ll give it back!” knowing damn well she won’t, and u sit there sad because now you have to go buy another pack of hair ties that u know ur gonna lose by the end of the month