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The bestselling, award-winning novelist, Aris Janigian, had a candid conversation with me about the recently "mandated dystopia," his circuitous path to bestselling author, the city as muse, and what it means to be a transgressive writer.
“As a cognitive social psychologist, I can tell you without any hesitation that the human mind really is built for deception.” – Aris Janigian
The author of six novels (all without traditional representation), critics hailed his 2012 novel This Angelic Land – set during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots – as "today's necessary book," and his novel Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont, spent 17 weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.
Janigian holds a PhD in psychology from the Claremont Graduate School and was formerly Senior Professor of Humanities at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
He was a finalist for Stanford University's William Saroyan Fiction Prize and has been a contributing writer to West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine.
The second book of Janigian's Waiting for... trilogy, Waiting for Sophia at Shutters on the Beach, "... is a satirical mashup of Nabokov's Lolita and Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground."
The book has be described as "... an unflinching, deadly serious ... tragic-comic view of male sexuality in the era of #metoo."
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If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews.In this file Aris Janigian and I discussed:
- The life of a lazy author
- Why graduate school corrupts good writers
- Wisdom on the importance of mentorship
- How the cruel mistress of Los Angeles plays a character in his works
- The self-censorship of academia
- And why life is the best teacher
- Waiting for Sophia at Shutters on the Beach by Aris Janigian [Amazon]
- “When the Lunatics Run the Asylum: On Aris Janigian’s “Waiting for Sophia at Shutters on the Beach” - LA Review of Books
- "Governors should trust mayors and county officials on reopening. California shows why." - Washington Post
- Aris Janigian on Twitter
- Kelton Reid on Twitter
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