Steven Seidenberg on Not Waiting to Be Hunted to Hide

An interview with Steven Seidenberg, from The Write Stuff series over at SF Weekly:

Steven Seidenberg is a San Francisco based writer, artist, and photographer. His first book of lyric, philosophical prose, Itch, was released from RAW ArT Press in January 2014. He is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, including Null Set, forthcoming from Spooky Actions Books, and co-editor of the poetry journalpallaksch.pallaksch. His work as an artist and photographer has appeared in solo and group shows in San Francisco, Boston, Reno, and Berlin.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them…?

This and that. Don’t wait to be hunted to hide, that’s always been my motto.

What’s your biggest struggle — work or otherwise?

The disavowal of initial impressions and self-satisfied antipathies.

If someone said I want to do what you do, what advice would you have for them?

The most you can hope is to be a little less, in the end, the creature you were in the beginning, and the middle.

Do you consider yourself successful? Why?

What can it matter to me, that I succeed or fail? The undertaking is none of mine, if they want me to succeed I’ll fail, and vise versa, so as not to be rid of my tormentors.

Do you have a favorite ancestor? What is his/her story?

A great great grandfather in Aleppo, Syria, who awoke from 18 hrs of presumed eternal slumber to declare ‘Give me a quince!’

Would you ever perform a striptease? Describe some of your moves. Feel free to set the mood.

I have thrice, for Kevin Killian and his extraordinary ‘Tagged’ project, and I hope to again. Do what Kevin says — and everything turns out fine.

What are you working on right now?

This and that.

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