The Uses of Enchantment | Heidi Julavits | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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January 29, 2008
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TL;DR

Heidi Jivitz, author and founding editor of The Believer magazine, discusses writing, the publication industry, and the importance of narrative ambiguity in literature.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the purpose of The Believer magazine?

The Believer magazine was founded to create a community for artists and writers and provide a platform for critical reviews that are not mean or snarky.

Q: How does narrative ambiguity affect the reading experience?

Narrative ambiguity allows for multiple interpretations and engages readers in a more thought-provoking and contemplative experience.

Q: What is Jivitz's writing process like?

Jivitz's writing process is inefficient and involves writing entire novels that are eventually discarded. She often explores different structures and themes in her writing.

Q: Is narrative ambiguity specific to American literature?

Jivitz suggests that narrative intolerance may be more prevalent in America, but it is also influenced by the current state of the publishing industry.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Heidi Jivitz introduces herself as an author and founding editor of The Believer magazine.

  • She discusses the challenges of being a writer and the importance of cobbled together narratives.

  • Jivitz talks about the founding of The Believer magazine and the need for a community for artists and writers.

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