6 questions we always ask — Mattox Roesch, author


Sure we’ve had an actual member of The Replacements and Charles Baxter (who needs no other disclaimer) answer our six questions. We’ve had friends and bloggers and authors we’ve grown to admire answer the questions. But I can say that without a doubt, posting Mattox Roesch’s answers fills me with a kind of joy like no other. Matt, who lives in Alaska now, is a former Minnesotan and a former Loft classmate of mine. He’s just released his first novel Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same. How awesome is that? Even better is that he’ll be reading at 7:30 p.m., Monday, September 21st at Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis. Y’all should go. I’ll be there.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
How to Hold a Woman by Billy Lombardo, To the Lighthouse by Viginia Woolf, Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips, The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich, The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Dmitri Karamazov, although it wasn’t really a romantic crush, more of a fascination.

If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
Although he’s not my favorite author, I would like to bring William Faulkner back to life and take him to see the hardcore metal band As I Lay Dying play at 7th Street Entry. I would also meet Raymond Carver at Grumpy’s. And I would take Flannery O’Connor and Thomas Merton to the Gay 90’s and make them dance.

What was your first favorite book?
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
The Bible.

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
Madame Bovary by Flaubert (I know, I know, I should’ve already read this one!)

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