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An Interview with S. Whitaker, author of The Black Narrows, Key Chapbook Poetry Series from The Broadkill Press

Posted by nicholson7777 on August 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

An Interview with Author S. Whitaker 

from The Daily Fig

"You get to invite three writers to dinner. Who do you choose and why?"


David Foster Wallace, William Shakespeare, and Sylvia Plath.


Wallace is so much fun for me to read, I smile all the time, even when his characters are getting put through the wringer. I’ve read Infinite Jest four times, and as a member of the NBCC, nominated the Pale King for the Pulitzer because I felt the promise in those fragmented 547 pages offered more to modern letters than other works published the same year. I have no idea what I would say to him at dinner, perhaps challenge him to a game of spoons.


At 16 I didn’t know anything about life, and when my English 11 teacher exposed our class to Sylvia Plath I woke up. For the first time in my life I read serious books (I read fantasy and YA adventure books voraciously in the early 1980s), and not just Plath, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Willa Cather. Plath isn’t my favorite female writer, she’s up there, but she was one of my first crushes, and I would like to thank her.


And Shakespeare? I used to hate him in high school. I saw Mel Gibson’s Hamlet in the theater, by myself, at 17 and understood it. I was floored. I don’t know why I went to go see it. I guess something drew me in about Mad Mel’s performance. I took Shakespeare classes in college and read the wacky, crossdressing comedies, fell in love with some of them, but the tragedies were always my favorite. Something very romantic about the doomed stories of those misfits. I’d like to hear Shakespeare in his own words. How does the man talk? How does that compare to elevated language of his writing?"  

 The Daily Fig (

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