What is your book about?
It’s a battle-of-the-sexes story about two twentysomethings who’ve just reunited in New York after their time spent in Japan with no money and no direction, but wanting both.
What is your book about on a conceptual level?
There are constant references to what each of the characters want out of him/herself or out of each other but they haven’t actually reached a point in self satisfaction as individuals, and they neither give nor receive what is wanted from the other. But the characters do wind up with small achievements here and there that they hadn’t planned on.
I think the theme on failures where we expected achievement, and achievement where we expected nothing is what drives this particular story for me.
Who should read it?
Either everyone or no one.
What is this significance of its title — which you appropriate from an Alexander Blok poem?
The title is a line from Blok’s poem, “The Lady Nobody Knows,” translated by Paul Schmidt. I chose it because it’s a provocatively beautiful line that seems to say nothing while saying a lot, and the poem itself references a city, bars, women, wine, tables and boredom—all of which are elements of the story.
What inspired this story?
The city, bars, women, wine, tables and boredom.