Feathertale Review recently interviewed Sheila Heti about her relationship with McSweeney's, her dislike of journalism, and humour in her writing:
“I don’t think you can have a legitimate point of view about life that doesn’t include humour and absurdity. It’s bound up in everything that happens to one. So work without humour is missing so much of life. For me it’s what makes life bearable and enjoyable. You can always feel like everything is sad, but it’s not, and even if it is always sad, it’s not very interesting to portray it that way in art. I would never try to be funny, I think it’s probably the least funny thing to do. You don’t need to make things funny; things are funny. There’s almost nothing as pleasurable as making someone laugh.”
Sheila is a frequent Geist contributor and the author of The Middle Stories, Ticknor, and the forthcoming How Should a Person Be? Her blog collection of dreams about Obama and Hillary Clinton is a classic mix of humour and absurdity.
Read Sheila Heti’s work in Geist: