面试官

哪个作家通知您的工作?显然你已经读过Dashiell Hammett。

MOSLEY

I read a lot of Hammett, Chandler, Ross Macdonald. Macdonald is the best wordsmith, even if all his stories are kind of the same. I do like Doyle, for Sherlock Holmes. And I like Langston Hughes and his Simple stories. I go all over the place with science fiction. I like science-fiction short stories. I like them even more when they’re interrelated. And I like Baldwin—he is one of the great voices of African American writing, though I’m mostly drawn to his nonfiction. He’s so cool in his anger, so smart.Giovanni的房间非常好。

面试官

Giovanni的房间是优秀的。我m frequently looking for that sort of overlap in the African American experience, specifically the overlap of race and sexuality, like Baldwin’s experiences as a gay black man. It’s not easily found.

MOSLEY

I remember talking to a writer about Langston Hughes. She said that Hughes took her to Paris, but then got off the boat and just disappeared. She didn’t see him again until it was time to get on the plane and leave. That’s because his life as a gay man had to be hidden. That’s why the interlocutor in the Simple stories just didn’t have a character, didn’t have a life. It’s hard. Chester Himes wrote an autobiography in which he discusses his time in prison, talking about all of his gay experiences, and I’m thinking, God, I like Himes so much more than Ellison. Ellison just wrote that one novel and, excuse me, but you can get better. But the honesty of Himes, about his life, is just extraordinary.

面试官

Has any of your fiction been inspired by experiences from your own life?

MOSLEY

Probably. Nowadays, a lot of people—I’m sure it was true for some of your classmates at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop—are writing about themselves. You know, like, I was in the car and I was driving and we had an accident and I broke my leg and for three weeks I had sex with my sister.

面试官

我想我曾经转过那个故事。

MOSLEY

但我正在写一个关于黑人男英雄的人。谁写了关于黑人男英雄?Langston Hughes,有点。然后,之后,它变得非常稀疏。我的意思是,有很多黑人男子主角,来自Richard Wright,James Baldwin,Ellison,Chester Hemes。但是一个简单的人?或鼠标或杰克逊蓝色或无所畏惧的琼斯或巴黎梅尼顿 - 如果你遇到麻烦,你想去的那个人?很少有人写那些英雄的人。当白人做到这一点时,他们总是从脖子上喝Dompérignon。这是胡说八道。

面试官

Do you, as a writer, feel a responsibility to write about these black heroes?

MOSLEY

That’s like saying, When you’re having sex with your girlfriend, do you feel a responsibility to make her feel happy? I guess you would say yes, but it’s not really about that. I’m writing about people I love. Your grandmother is sick, you’re going to take care of her. Somebody says, Do you feel a responsibility to go take care of her? It’s my grandmother, she’s sick, man, what the fuck? I got to go there.