GAMBA Forest: Interviews and Highlights from The People in the Trees
Some people build houses with wood while others build them with words
Podcast #1: Nathaniel Kressen on the creation and inner depth of his second novel Dahlia Cassandra illustrated by Jessie Kressen
When asked about whether or not he considered himself an independent artist Kressen spoke about his reasoning behind binding and printing his own books - check out some of the provocative statements he makes and tune in to the entire interview for more on independence, process and a day in the life of an independent writer:
"Why am I waiting for the approval of people I don’t know."
“I’m going to go ultra-analog I’m going to know every copy out there - who has it - so I taught myself how to bind my own books and I got a lot of help from friends to punch the paper and stitch and chop - lots of blood - lots of tears - lots of sweat - ended up making a couple hundred copies and we sold out.”
“For me the most important thing is creative control.” I am lucky to be married to my better half she is excellent at artwork cover design, interior illustrations and photos. . . so together we can make something really special we can make a fiscal art object.
"What is most important to me is the art"
"I don’t make enough money to quit my day job so if it’s a question of a pay out it’s for the love of it so I need to do it justice."
“I did the first 60 pages all by hand before transferring anything over . . . When I start fearing in my life that I am going to lose the notebook somewhere I put it into the computer."
"I feel a complete mess when I am not making progress on a project - so it’s better for everyone when I am"
"Drinking and writing is impossible. . . I can’t get myself into a drunken stopper and create brilliance I end up creating chicken scratch and getting sick."
Kressen is a playwright as well as a novelist and speaks about the advantages working in theatre provided in terms of plot and dialogue. . .
"I trained as an actor, started out writing plays and it drove home that you have earned that paid space . . . don’t put crap up there, don’t waist the audience’s time. . .drive the fuck forward and I tried to carry that over into pros."
"You have to embody all of humanity and every emotion under the sun and get people to a place they weren’t at emotionally or philosophically when they walked into the theatre - all in two hours."
“The world will end if this does not happen now - I love those stakes.”
As Kressen discusses the characters, motifs and storyline his passion, intention and ultimate awareness of language and life is transparent. . .
“Henry becomes a personification of everything that is growing up to Junior. . . it’s coming of age personified in one person.”
“Henry could be somebody that could make him fly - he thought his father once could be the one to show him what it’s like to soar through this life and his father’s gone.”
“It’s more important for me to let the reader imagine what happened in that room than speak out everything that happened in that room.”
“He longed for something the never knew he wanted - he had the courage to go after it and then it gets stolen from him right away and the crime happens and he never gets the opportunity to ever get it back.”
NATHANIEL KRESSEN & all the friends and family who live within his familial artist community will be at The Strand Bookstore tonight celebrating his accomplishments and hearing more from the author himself in a live interview with fellow writer Dallas Athent. You merely need to purchase a copy of Dahlia Cassandra for entry and GAMBA Forest highly recommends it.
GAMBA Forest is located throughout Greenpoint and Bushwick Brooklyn