Subjects Discussed: Tonal beacons within The Interloper, Martin Amis, stifling the Nabokovian influence, frisbees and sex, conformist thinking, allusions to Sisyphus, technical writing, emotional candor, psychological experiments, generic establishments, reflection vs. invention, thong underwear, Roman mythology and Southern California, the relationship between Don Quixote and Knight Rider, technological being, Photoshop, Owen and Luke Wilson, prioritizing events, writing fictitious letters vs. writing narrative, how The Interloper made the rounds and ended up at The Other Press, and paperback originals and satirical novels.
EXCERPT FROM SHOW:
Wilson: Maybe some of the more classical allusions came from the fact that I was reading Don Quixote while I was writing the book.
Correspondent: Oh, okay.
Wilson: And also had only recently realized that Knight Rider was a recapitulation of all those knight errant stories. So I was sort of interested in that kind of thing and…
Correspondent: But, wait, Knight Rider, you say?
Wilson: Yeah, the TV show.
Correspondent: Yeah. The relationship between Knight Rider and Don Quixote.
Wilson: Yeah. Knight Rider, Michael Knight, is a knight errant.
Wilson: He roams the countryside looking to perform acts of chivalry for various people on his trusty steed, KITT, and then he’s got his patron, Devon, and then his woman is totally desexualized — well, she’s sexy, but she’s not sort of in a sexual relationship with him. The other woman on the show.
Correspondent: Bonnie was Dulcinea? Jesus.
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