Thursday, August 20, 2009


Alex Good for DESK SPACE

DESK SPACE Who (a one-liner or a bio)?

ALEX GOOD "Not to know me argues yourselves unknown."

DS When did you start writing?

AG I started regular reviewing in 1997. Created a website shortly thereafter. Back before these things were so popular. Nowadays, jeezis, any punk with attitude . . .

Oh well. I suppose they're all pigs of my sow.

DS Where do you write (at your desk/outside/in bed)?

AG I make notes while I read on whatever I happen to be using as a bookmark. I mostly read in bed, or (elsewhere) as near to the horizontal as I can get. Later I try and stitch things together at my desk. I have two desks. The first is upstairs and I mainly use it for doing business-related stuff. Try not to turn green with envy over my big effing pile of Canadian Tire money. I also have an office downstairs in what used to be a guest bedroom (hence the awesome wallpaper). This is where I have the computer set up, so I guess it's where I do most of my writing.

Why do you work where you do (at your desk because it is a quiet space/outside b/c it helps you think/in the park b/c you can smoke, etc)?

AG I live on a farm, kind of off the beaten track, so it's always quiet (unless a train is going by). Working at the computer is easiest because then I can just e-mail or upload whatever it is I'm doing when I'm finished.

DS What are you working on now?

AG More reviews. Helping out editorially at Canadian Notes and Queries. I've had requests from a few different publishers for a book (or books), but so far haven't had the time to get much done on them. Criticism has only ever been a hobby for me. But hopefully in the next year or so I'll be able to get a couple of things together.


Steven W. Beattie said...

Nice wallpaper on your computer, dude.

Oh, and is that a HARDBACK copy of The Ruins I see there? Critic, heal thyself.

Alex said...

But Steven, if you'll only view the pic full-size and zoom in on the post-it note . . .

Steven W. Beattie said...

Heh. Sweet.