Tiny Spills | Zoe Whittall

Tabs open on your screen right now:
Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Cosmonauts, Jessica Lanyadoo’s horoscopes, Cherry Velvet dresses, Aids Action Now website, Donovan Woods’ soundcloud page. Maria Bamford’s show paused on Netflix

If you had to brag about yourself:
I make excellent summer salads.

Your writer crush:
Eileen Myles, Ben Lerner, equally

Favorite lyric:
I like every lyric on Liz Phair’s Whip Smart album and this passage from The Weakerthans:

We’ll never know what anything was for,
If near is just as far away as far,
And if I’m permitted one act I can save,
I choose to sit here next to you and wave.

Any place in the world:
Lake on The Mountain in Prince Edward County

Best breakfast:
crepes, berries, good coffee

Favorite online places right now:
The Baroness Von Sketch Show’s youtube page, any video showing unexpected animal friendsSweetest thing:
unexpected letters, an affectionate nickname, waking up to find someone has brought you coffee

Your rituals (writing or not):
I tell my cats I’ll be gone for five minutes every time I leave the house.

Least impressive thing about you:
I have 99 unread and unanswered FB messages right now and 13 unheard voicemails

Favorite space to write:
at a cottage

Guilty literary pleasure:
I love a salacious memoir, and Motley Crue’s The Dirt is a triumph.

Best book nobody talks about:  
The Sky is Falling by Caroline Adderson, Without Cease the Earth Faintly Trembles by Amanda Marchand

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
the narrator in the Argonauts by Maggie Nelson and Darlene from RoseanneLast time you lied:
Last night

The lie:
I told my partner’s kid we weren’t eating any leftover birthday cake after dinner. We were fully going to eat it after he went to bed.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Would you like to hang out in this room full of puppies while someone does your taxes, and then organizes your closet?The answer:
Yes, always.

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Zoe Whittall is the author of three poetry collections, including a new anniversary edition of The Emily Valentine Poems, and three novels, including the Lambda award winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible and new novel The Best Kind of People, which is a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Toronto and works as a TV writer, most recently on CBC’s The Baroness Von Sketch Show.

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