David Maine on His Youthful Influences
David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.
Question: Where are you from and how has that shaped you?
David Maine:The easy part of that question is that I am from Farmington, Connecticut, which is a suburb outside of Hartford. When I was growing up, it was quite a small town. I think 10,000 or 12,000 people; it's a lot bigger now. But I grew up in a pretty wooded street in a house fairly far away from the neighbors, and it was somewhere in between a suburb and a small country town kind of existence. I am not sure how it made me what I am today. Except that it was in some ways kind of isolated, and I had a lot of time, and so I read a lot and I got started reading quite young. I am the youngest of four kids and so, I always had a lot of books that my sisters and my brother were reading, and I kind of picked up on that maybe pretty early.
Isolation sparked his interest in reading. His writing influences are Langston Huges and Flannery O'Connor.
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