David Maine: The Monster in Us
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: Why do some people identify with monsters?
David Maine:I mean, I don’t know. Even as a really little kid, there was always a part of me that was not happy when the monster gets killed at the end. The giant ant or the giant praying mantis or whatever. Partly because when you are a little kid you just think it is cool, ah, look at that, just knock the building over, that is cool and they kill it, that sucks and not getting more buildings over. I do think that is a widely held feeling or response or whatever, but I don’t, okay this book was just lately reviewed favorably by Oprah's magazine. So let me quote Oprah. No, somebody a fellow reviewed it for, I don’t remember his name, but he said something like the secret of these movies is that we all relate to the monster because, who hasn’t felt misshapen and misunderstood and picked on and everything? So maybe that’s true. I mean, maybe these movies partly they are popular because, everybody at sometime or another has had this fantasy of just walking down the street and flipping cars over, making all of the pretty people run away in terror. I don’t know, but, sure, that feeling is overt in me. Recorded on: 2/20/08
There was always a part of Maine that wasn't happy when the monster died at the end.
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