I’m gonna be a PLAYBOY MODEL WHEN I GRADUATE. I think it’s the only career I know that would be suitable to me. Limited hours. Pay-per-job. True you can no longer shop for groceries like normal people. But I’m ok with that. Playboy models have the perfect life. Bright lights. Fluffers. I think I’m gonna need about two fluffers. If I cannot be a Playboy model then I will be a porn queen. I don’t want to do any webcam stuff, though. But I definitely want to have some lesbian stuff.
I wish I could get kidnapped. I would make an excellent kidnap victim. I’m pliable. I come with a vagina. I don’t care about my life. Also, I’m an excellent conversationalist. I like to meet new people. Like to travel. I hate smalltalk, so when we meet we’ll have to skip introductions and get down to the nuts and bolts of the kidnapping Who? Me. When? Right now. Where? The trunk of your car. When you are tired of riding alone you’ll eventually untie me and place me in the front seat next to you so I can keep you company. Then we can tackle the grander topics. Are you a mass murderer? Yes – err – well, aspiring. Do you enjoy killing people? I’m not sure yet. Are you a torture murderer? No. No? That’s ok. That’s ok. Keep your eyes on the road please. Drive safely. You don’t have to be a torture murderer. Yeah — no, totally. It takes all kinds. Is there a history of abuse in your family? Maybe something your mother or father did to you when you were young? Something you’ve never told anyone? (I don’t want to talk about it.) That’s fine. No problem. How ’bout we start off with some simpler stuff. Tell me about your dreams.
Matthew Temple, Things Said in Dreams.
Whilst the synopsis on the back cover may lead you to expect a story about bullying, revenge and atonement, in truth, Things Said in Dreams is a masterful exploration of much grander topics. As I read, I began in ache out of sheer admiration for Matthew Temple’s style. By the time I was through, I was paralyzed. Things Said in Dreams is amphibian chameleon hypnotic sardonic manic hypothetical incisive indelible deep treacherous tragic philosophical spiritual unblinking… forgiving. You will forget to breathe. You will never forget Matthew Temple.
Matthew, how comfortable do you feel calling your book a novel and how useful do you find such labeling in general?
I am completely comfortable with calling my book a novel and I find absolutely no use in such labeling.
What in God’s name is a fluffer?
A fluffer is one who keeps a porn star excited between takes.
LOL! Still don’t see why a person can’t just ‘fluff’ him/herself, we’ve got two hands, haven’t we?
Given the symbolic dimensions of the protagonist, how would you react to the accusation of misogyny? You have a female personify weakness, indecision, inaction… Not necessarily what I think but what do you think???
Misogyny… I don’t know how I’d react to that accusation. Probably by admitting that it might be the case. I think my reason for choosing a female protagonist here is that I want to encourage female roles, say, if this were made into a movie. But maybe part of it is the classic idea that it’s easier to write about something if you switch the sex of your protagonist, so it seems/feel less like you.
Why the protagonist’s erotic relationship to her sub-conscience? I should swot up on Freud…
On the eroticism of the subconscious relationship… I don’t know that there is a good reason for it, I think it’s just the way it is (in this book.)
I think I commented on the fact that her language struck me as being very masculine, but then again why is strength automatically a masculine attribute? I think she is complex and challenging in the sense that she challenges us to revise our comfortable attitudes. And I think the power of the novel comes precisely from the tension between what is said/not said, done/not done and even undone in matters sex, power, politics, philosophy, theology, learning, life… gosh, I wish I had written this book!
I’m glad you liked it. And I’m enjoying your detailed analysis of what you’ve read. Keep it coming.
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