Before corona, I met with one of my (completed) PhD students, Claudia Egher. We met at my home (I said it was before corona), and she interviewed me about my writing process. We had a lovely conversation, on a topic that we do not talk about enough in academia. Claudia transcribed the interview and it has been published as part of the Writing Life series in Somatosphere, Science, Medicine, and Anthropology. Anna Harris and Denielle Elliot edit the series. So far, it includes interviews with Rachel Prentice and Janelle Taylor amongst others. There are more to come.
Writing tends to erase the traces of its becoming. The work of transcribing, selecting and compiling that was needed for this piece to emerge is marked by challenges typical to capturing speech – the inflections, pauses, laughter, the wealth of inspiration that emerged when talking about writing made (in)visible.
Claudia makes this eloquent observation in her introduction to the interview. The full version can be read here.