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Bed Shopping & Self-Loathing With Jonathan Ames

November 11, 2009, 3:19 AM

There are only a few careers that can be launched over a campfire in a New Hampshire artist colony. Luckily for Jonathan Ames, storytelling is among them. Though--as the author, storyteller and creator of “Bored to Death” discussed in his Big Think interview--finding inspiration in the New England woods is not nearly as unlikely as the muse for his early novels: evenings in Times Square alternating between bouts in the boxing ring and beers in a transvestite bar.


As Ames goes on to explain, these transient obsessions are nothing new, and from his great-aunt to illusory self-images, they are woven throughout his oeuvre.

Ames also remarked on the seemingly lackluster changes brought about by his recent involvement in television; he’s recognized more, swapped his twelve-year-old bed for a new one, but, alas, life’s problems, a lingering sense of self-loathing and a long-hardened urge toward frugality remain.


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