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05-22-09 Emily Mandel, guest host

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on May 22, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Guest host was Emily Mandel (@emilymandel), author of Last Night in Montreal (Unbridled Books).

LitChat Welcome to LitChat. Today we’re continuing topic of the power of language in literature w/ @EmilyMandel as guest host. Join us. #litchat -12:59 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks RIGHT NOW @EmilyMandel, author of LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL, is hosting #LitChat (from 4-5pm EDT). Please join in! -1:00 PM May 22nd, 2009
zumayabooks RT @unbridledbooks: RIGHT NOW @EmilyMandel, author of LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL, is hosting #LitChat (from 4-5pm EDT). Please join in! -1:01 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Also giving away a copy of LAST NIGHT IN MONTREALby @EmilyMandel, complimnts of @UnbridledBooks. Will draw 1 name from all tweets. #litchat -1:02 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Hi, @EmilyMandel. Thank you for joining us. Would you please begin with a little bit about yourself and LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL? #litchat -1:03 PM May 22nd, 2009
FredRamey RT @unbridledbooks RIGHT NOW @EmilyMandel, author of LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL, is hosting #LitChat (from 4-5pm EDT). Please join in! -1:03 PM May 22nd, 2009
balletbookworm lol RT @LitChat “Will draw 1 name from all tweets” – I expect there will extra tweeting for that 🙂 #litchat -1:03 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @LitChat Hi! Thanks for having me. Last Night in Montreal is a book about dead languages and compulsive travel, from Unbridled Book #litchat -1:04 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen hi all #litchat -1:04 PM May 22nd, 2009
zumayabooks RT @LitChat: Also giving away copy of LAST NIGHT IN MONTREALby @EmilyMandel, per @UnbridledBooks. Will draw 1 name from all tweets. #litchat -1:04 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @LitChat As for me, I’m an expat Canadian living in Brooklyn. #litchat -1:05 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @zumayabooks Hi! Thanks for joining us. #litchat -1:05 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs Hi everybody #litchat -1:05 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana Hello everyone #litchat -1:05 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 Hello #litchat! Happy Friday! #litchat -1:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @emilymandel sounds right upmy street lookforward to reading it #litchat -1:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
pussreboots #litchat sounds like an interesting book! -1:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @emilymandel emily havin not yet read your book just read reviews how much of lila is you #litchat -1:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
karlathia @emilymandel Actually here in my writer incarnation and RTing as publisher via TweetDeck. Suffer from MPD. 😉 #litchat -1:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat @emilymandel Can you explain a bit about “compulsive travel”? #litchat -1:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @pussreboots @VanessaDobbs Thank you! That’s nice to hear. #litchat -1:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @stujallen Lilia is not very much like me, although I did move around a lot in my early 20s. #litchat -1:07 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @LitChat Sure… there’s a character in the book, Lilia, who’s been traveling for her entire life and doesn’t know how to stop. #litchat -1:08 PM May 22nd, 2009
hermitpaul I’m Mister T and I’m a night-elf-mohawk. What’s your game? #litchat -1:08 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @emilymandel have read first couple of pages on yr web site will continue after litchat #litchat -1:08 PM May 22nd, 2009
booksliesalibis @emilymandel In writing/reading the book, which did you find to be your favorite part? #litchat -1:08 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel (Tweetchat seems to be lagging a little for me, BTW — sorry for any delayed responses!) #litchat -1:08 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @booksliesalibis My favorite part in the writing process was towards the very end, when I was polishing what was already there… #litchat -1:09 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine Listening. First time in Litchat. #litchat #LitChat -1:09 PM May 22nd, 2009
pussreboots #litchat my grandmother was a perpetual traveller in her youth (but she never left the USA) -1:09 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @booksliesalibis …(cont’d) and moving sections around. Revisions are much easier than the writing part of it. #litchat -1:09 PM May 22nd, 2009
hermitpaul Wait, “compulsive travel”? I’m going to check the book out now. I’ll be in and out. Maybe some questions. #litchat -1:10 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen did you find you had to research local diction dialect as lila moved round the country #litchat -1:10 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @pussreboots One can do a lot of perpetual traveling in the U.S. – one of the advantages of a big country. #litchat -1:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @emilymandel I’ve read the excerpt on your site & am already hooked. What a great opener! #litchat -1:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat @emilymandel Sorry. TweetChat does lag occassionally. Just take your time. We’re all here for you. #litchat -1:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks Folks can find a lot about Last Night in Montreal (excerpt, events, etc.) on Emily’s website: http://emilymandel.com/ #litchat -1:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @stujallen I didn’t include any local dialects. I’m always a little worried about using them – so easy to sound a false note. #litchat -1:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey Great premise–someone who has become a compulsive traveler. Always a new start, a way to exit? #litchat -1:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @emilymandel did you enjoy the research part and how long did it take? #litchat -1:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @mindywithrow Thank you! I’m glad you liked it, and hope you enjoy the rest of the book as much as the opening! #litchat -1:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @kdueykduey Thanks. And yes, exactly – a way to exit, a character with an inability to see things through. #litchat -1:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @VanessaDobbs I did enjoy the research part of it. The more I read about dead and dying languages, the more fascinated I was by the #litchat -1:13 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @VanessaDobbs (and I was researching and writing simultaneously, so it’s hard to say how long the research took altogether.) #litchat -1:14 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel hm, my second to most recent post got cut off — I meant to say “by them”, not “by the.” #litchat -1:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
hermitpaul I know it’s a simple question, but what gave you the first idea for the book? #litchat -1:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey I share your interest in dead and dying languages. All the arctic languages are fading: some with less than ten speakers left. #litchat -1:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel It sounds fascinating. Are there any examples you can share? How do they relate to the plot? #litchat -1:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @hermitpaul I’ve always taken kind of random notes, and I’d had a sentence about travel stuck in my head for ages: (cont’d) #litchat -1:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey Yes, yes, how to the dean languages feed the storyline? #litchat -1:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @EmilyMandel Do you have a writing routine, a time of day or method that works best for you? #litchat -1:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @hermitpaul (from prev.) “Mirage: you used to see water in the desert.” The whole book sort of unfolded from there. #litchat -1:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @kdueykduey Yes… the saddest thing is the way dead languages often come down to one last speaker. #litchat -1:17 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @emilymandel doyouhave aparticular placewhere you like to write? #litchat -1:18 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey Do you know the story of Ishi?#litchat -1:18 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 Reading the excerpt online…good hook…drags the reader right in. Like it. #litchat -1:18 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @corb21 @kdueykduey They fit with an overall theme of disappearance: disappearing languages, disappearing/traveling people. #litchat -1:18 PM May 22nd, 2009
pussreboots @dueykduey Do you know the story of Ishi? #litchat I wash thinking of Ishi too. -1:19 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs RT @corb21: Reading the excerpt online…good hook…drags the reader right in. Like it. #litchat -1:19 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @CarolyBurnsBass Routine: I work 3 days/wk, and try to write for at least 5 hours on the other 4 days. No set time of day. #litchat -1:19 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel very nice. I wonder…they search for disappearing people (ie Without a Trace) (cont) #litchat -1:20 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @VanessaDobbs I’m lucky enough to have my own office in my apt. I do 80% of my writing here, the rest in cafes. #litchat -1:20 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @VanessaDobbs Where u reading online? #litchat -1:20 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 (cont) are there people who search/research dissapearing languages? There must be…. #litchat -1:20 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine @emilymandel How did you push through when you got stuck or felt like giving up on writing the book? Or did that not happen? #LitChat -1:20 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel what is your “day” job. #litchat -1:20 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @kdueykduey @pussreboots I don’t know the story of Ishi… I’m writing it down now to google it later. #litchat -1:21 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks Anyone can read an excerpt of Last Night in Montreal here: http://emilymandel.com/ #litchat -1:21 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey @emilymandel AH. So lovely and simple now that you say it. The chorus, so to speak, is disappearance. #litchat -1:21 PM May 22nd, 2009
insidebooks @emilymandel Did you always want to be a writer? #litchat -1:22 PM May 22nd, 2009
pussreboots @emilymandel #litchat The book is “Ishi Last of His Tribe” by Theodora Kroeber -1:22 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @redRavine Getting stuck: that happens all the time. I go back to the beginning and start revising, and that usually helps. (cont’d #litchat -1:22 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @VanessaDobbs Thanks. Am heading there now. #litchat -1:22 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @redRavine (from prev.) or if revising from beginning doesn’t help, I give it to someone else to read and ask for advice. #litchat -1:23 PM May 22nd, 2009
NicoleBo @unbridledbooks I read the first chapter of Last Night at Montreal when I got it and loved it! So intriguing. #litchat -1:23 PM May 22nd, 2009
booksliesalibis @emilymandel Of all the characters created, which was your favorite and which was your least favorite? #litchat -1:23 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @corb21 @emily mandel David Treuer researches/preserves dying languages: http://tinyurl.com/qbu8ol #litchat -1:23 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @corb21 My day job: I’m an office manager at a university in Manhattan. Boring, but it pays the rent. #litchat -1:23 PM May 22nd, 2009
BethFishReads @unbridledbooks Yes it comes up for me. Click on the right. THe footer link doesn’t work. #litchat -1:24 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @emilymandel what writers influence you ? #litchat -1:24 PM May 22nd, 2009
pussreboots RT @mactavish The Ishi story makes me a bit sad (and the research is now known to be a bit flawed, but) (I know…) #litchat -1:24 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @EmilyMandel Are you a plotter or story miner? Did you know where LNIM would go or did you discover the story along the way? #litchat -1:24 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @mindywithrow good to know. Thank you. #litchat -1:25 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @booksliesalibis I think my favourite character is Eli. He’s a little inept, but honorable and trying to do the right thing. #litchat -1:25 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel such is the life of an artist…something always has to pay the rent. Is this your first book? #litchat -1:25 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @booksliesalibis Least favorite character: Lilia’s mother. #litchat -1:25 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @stujallen Writers who influence me: Michael Ondaatje and Julio Cortazar are major ones. Also Mailer and Chandler. #litchat -1:26 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks @emilymandel Plus, Eli has a fabulous name! A favorite. #litchat -1:26 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @CarolyBurnsBass Definitely a story miner! I have no idea how my books are going to end when I start them. #litchat -1:27 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @emilymandel thanks #litchat -1:27 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @unbridledbooks My Hubby wants to name our first son Eli….eventually #litchat -1:27 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @corb21 It is my first book. My 2nd book’s coming out in a year or so, also from Unbridled. #litchat -1:28 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat @emilymandel I liked Eli also. Would like to have seen more of him, but realize he wasn’t essential to the story. #litchat -1:28 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks @corb21 A great choice! It’s my son’s middle name. 😉 #litchat -1:28 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @emilymandel Husband was grad student (phd now) so I really understood Eli lost in his own research! beautifully described #litchat -1:29 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel same characters/theme or a new one? #litchat -1:29 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @emilymandel is eli a charcter you might use again in a later book ? #litchat -1:29 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel It seems like good authors don’t usually…the story sort of comes to them…do you find that? Your just the conduit? #litchat -1:30 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @mindywithrow Thank you! I’m glad that rang true – I have no grad school experience, so I was nervous about it. #litchat -1:30 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @emilymandel what can you tell us about 2nd book? #litchat -1:30 PM May 22nd, 2009
pussreboots @mindywithrow @@emilymandel my DH just got his PhD so I think I’ll understand Eli too. #litchat -1:30 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @corb21 I’d say the 2nd book’s very different from the 1st, both in theme and characters. #litchat -1:31 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @stujallen Possibly! I really liked that character. #litchat -1:31 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine @emilymandel Do you have other practices that help feed your writing? Painting, walking, yoga, photography? #LitChat -1:31 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel not a series then… #litchat -1:31 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @emilymandel When you’re mining the story, how do you know when you’ve hit gold? What does it feel like? #litchat -1:32 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @corb21 I don’t know that I’d call myself the conduit, it’s more that I’m just making it up as I go along… #litchat -1:32 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @mindywithrow The second book’s about a guy who sells social security numbers and fake passports to illegal aliens in NYC. #litchat -1:33 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @emilymandel Like the story you are telling continues to fuel itself? #litchat -1:33 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel fair enough, good answer. #litchat -1:33 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey Just back from the excerpt. A great beginning, beautifully written. #litchat -1:34 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @redRavine Yes… I do a lot of walking, lift weights, and do photography. I’ve also been kind of into sewing dresses lately. #litchat -1:34 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell Jumping in mid-stream. Hello, and congratulations Emily on the publication of Last Night and the acceptance of your second novel. #litchat -1:34 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @emilymandel sounds good, keeping with the travel theme should give you a good base. How R you/unbridled planning 2 reach readers? #litchat -1:35 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @emilymandel Sewing is great for writer’s block. I always unwind at the sewing machine and think of new stuff to write.#litchat -1:35 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @CarolyBurnsBass I know I’ve hit gold when I’m excited by an idea. Feels fantastic, like understanding how a puzzle fits together. #litchat -1:35 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @kdueykduey Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. #litchat -1:35 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell Hi Elise! Nice to see you here, and thanks for the congrats. #litchat -1:36 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @emilymandel book 2 sounds like lots of opport for complex characters. new fav quote: “in a good play, everyone is right” #litchat -1:36 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana What sort of promo are you and publisher doing? Blogs? Bookshops? Virtual tour?#litchat -1:36 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @deberryandgrant Yes, exactly. One idea leads to another, and a plot slowly develops. #litchat -1:37 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks @maggiedana Yes, all of those things! And don’t forget twitter. 😉 #litchat -1:37 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @emilymandel Continuing on this idea of story mining, how do you know when it’s time to end? When do you discover the ending? #litchat -1:37 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @mindywithrow I love that quote! #litchat -1:38 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell I agree that a writer is not “conduit,” but some things (exercise, other arts) nourish & make the work come more naturally. #litchat -1:38 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @unbridledbooks Yes, twitter … duh. [smacks head] … need a glass of wine. Tea isn’t cutting it.#litchat -1:39 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @emilymandel do you find livig in brooklyn a buzzing place and hot bed of writers helps your writing #litchat -1:39 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @CarolyBurnsBass At some point I’ll realize how it should end, and then it’s a matter of getting there. Then lots of revisions. #litchat -1:40 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @emilymandel quote credited to German playwright Friedrich Hebbel #litchat -1:40 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @CarolyBurnsBass As for when, I think I’ve known what the ending should be around the 3/4 mark with both books. #litchat -1:41 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell Agreed! Long walks help a lot. #litchat -1:41 PM May 22nd, 2009
hermitpaul @maggiedana I think I’ll join you with that wine. It is Friday, after all. I need my thoughts to relax; too many ideas. #litchat -1:42 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @stujallen My area of Brooklyn is pretty buzzing, yes. Lots of writers, but I only know a few of them… not sure (cont’d) #litchat -1:42 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @emilymandelAren’t the endings of books,just a place to stop the story-not really an end?Shouldn’t it continue in the reader’s head #litchat -1:42 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @hermitpaul I’ve already startedon the wine lol #litchat -1:43 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @stujallen (from prev) that I’d say I’m part of a community, per se, but it’s nice to be in cafe where others are writing. #litchat -1:43 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @VanessaDobbs me too lol #litchat -1:43 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @VanessaDobbs Wine cupboard distressingly empty [holds out glass]#litchat -1:44 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @deberryandgrant I agree it’s sometimes important for the story tocontinue in my head #litchat -1:44 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @emilymandel thanks emily #litchat -1:44 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @emilymandel prolly a good thing or you’d never get any writing done!#litchat -1:44 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @VanessaDobbs LOL? a new red, perhaps? #litchat -1:45 PM May 22nd, 2009
mmj5170 @emilymandel When did the story become destined to be published? At what stage of the writing? #litchat -1:45 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @EliseBlackwell conduit was the wrong word…I just meant that sometimes a book writes itself. The characters have their own path #litchat -1:45 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Obsession theme is as rich as disappearance. Eli, Christopher and Michaela–even Lilia’s mom–obs’d w/finding Lilia. Planned? #litchat -1:45 PM May 22nd, 2009
vromans @EmilyMandel What’s your favorite “untranslatable” phrase? #litchat -1:45 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell Might Dorothy Parker been greater w/ less of the Algonquin. Been thinking lately about the social (media) v. writerly isolation. #litchat -1:46 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @emilymandel are u in a writer’s group? at what point do you open yourself to their critique – throughout or near end? #litchat -1:46 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks Almost forgot to mention, @EmilyMandel created an iTunes playlist for Last Night in Montreal: http://twurl.nl/cwpilt #litchat -1:46 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @unbridledbooks What a smashing idea.#litchat -1:47 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @vromans here mine gemeinheitschaft german pharse that was used a lot in the old east germany #litchat -1:47 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @unbridledbooks cool! will check it the playlist #litchat -1:47 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell @unbridledbooks Excellent! Can’t wait to download the playlist. #litchat -1:48 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @mmj5170 Never really a clear point when it felt like destiny; there’s an awful lot of luck involved in getting published. #litchat -1:48 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @unbridledbooks good idea #litchat -1:48 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @unbridledbooks looking at playlist now #litchat -1:48 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @LitChat Obsession seemed like a natural companion of disappearance as I was writing it. Semi-planned. #litchat -1:49 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @vromans Probably “ellam yua”, from the Yup’ik language. It sort of means god, or gratitude, or spirit, but not quite. #litchat -1:49 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell @emilymandel @LitChat It’s perfect for the novel, for the chars. So often interesting people are defined by their obsessions. #litchat -1:50 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @unbridledbooks no I’mnot playlist not in uk itunes any other way of seeing play list? #litchat -1:50 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Waving at @maggiedana in #litchat. I know you from Backspace and before. -1:50 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @mindywithrow I’m not in a writer’s group. But I have a few friends who are writers; gave them 1st polished draft. #litchat -1:50 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell It’s an awfully fine line. Social media can be awfully distracting. #litchat -1:51 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks @VanessaDobbs Oh, so annoying! We have the same problem with Canada. I’ll see what I can do for you… #litchat -1:52 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @CarolyBurnsBass Wow! Hello. LTNS!#litchat -1:52 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey Hmmmm….If obsession is an attempt to own, to control, absorb, consume…then disappearance is the only real escape. #litchat -1:52 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @unbridledbooks thanks #litchat -1:52 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @EliseBlackwell would you say davids book is about obsession elise ? #litchat -1:53 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @kdueykduey And the flipside, of course, is that if someone disappears you might become obsessed with finding them #litchat -1:53 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass RT @EliseBlackwell … So often interesting people are defined by their obsessions. #litchat -1:53 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell @CarolyBurnsBass It’s true. We’re all collections of obsessions and quirks. #litchat -1:54 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine @emilymandel I wonder if maybe we have to become obsessed to get a book written. Part of obsession may be passion. #LitChat -1:55 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @emilymandel I (VDB) have a friend who disappeared in 1991. Was obsessed w/finding her for years. Never did. #litchat -1:55 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell @stujallen (Short answer: yes! And esp. obsession with books as literature & objects. But I’ll respond more later, off litchat.) #litchat -1:55 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @redRavine I wholeheartedly agree. Let’s face it, sitting down & writing 300 pages is a slightly obsessive thing to do! #litchat -1:56 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @emilymandel slightly?! lol #litchat -1:56 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey @emilymandel Yes! Always the circle. Sometimes I think: Find an interesting paradox and the book will write itself. #litchat -1:56 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @deberryandgrant I’m very sorry to hear that. That’s a long time to be missing. #litchat -1:57 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @deberryandgrant Ooh. Sounds like topic for future book. #litchat -1:57 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @deberryandgrant Okay, not “slightly”, “extremely.” 🙂 #litchat -1:57 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @CarolyBurnsBass Maybe.Don’t know. Still in touch w/her mother, daughter and ex husband. No one has heard from her in 25 yrs. #litchat -1:58 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana Emily, do you tend to throw yourself into things besides writing?#litchat -1:58 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @deberryandgrant sorry to hear about your friend thats sad #litchat -1:59 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine @emilymandel Wanted to come back to the social media point, that it’s distracting. Something I grapple with. How do you balance it? #LitChat -1:59 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @maggiedana Yes; I can throw myself into painting a room, say, or other random projects. But writing most of all. #litchat -2:00 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @redRavine The short answer is, “not very well.” I sometimes leave my computer at home & go to cafe for this reason. #litchat -2:01 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat I loved when Eli explains how some cultures have feelings/sensations that just can’t be translated, eg “deja vu.” Brilliant. #litchat -2:01 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @emilymandel I chuck myself wholeheartedly into ‘thing’ of the moment. Not always writing, but sewing, gardening, painting…#litchat -2:01 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @stujallen Thanks. Still have no place to “put” that. It’s a very strange feeling. #litchat -2:01 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @emilymandel A friend called it ‘mania of the month.’ My aunt called them ‘crazes.’ #litchat -2:02 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @LitChat Thank you! I’m slightly haunted by the idea that every lost language might have an untranslatable feeling like that. #litchat -2:02 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @deberryandgrant must be awful to not have closure #litchat -2:02 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana The Cornish language was lost. Last known speaker was a woman who lived in Mousehole, Cornwall. #litchat (I think). -2:03 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @maggiedana Crazes like that can be fun and extremely productive. I’m in favor of them, myself. #litchat -2:03 PM May 22nd, 2009
vromans @EmilyMandel My favorite of those ideas was the language that dealt w/ direction as relative to the river/ mountain. What an idea! #litchat -2:03 PM May 22nd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @emilymandel @maggiedana I think most writers are obsessive like this. Makes us both hero and victim to our own destiny. #litchat -2:04 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @maggiedana me too! crossstitch Knitting twitter mostly reading though #litchat -2:04 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @emilymandel VERY productive. New wardrobe, revitalized kitchen, spruced up garden …#litchat -2:04 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @vromans Isn’t it wild? Imagine the disorientation of a speaker venturing beyond either the river or the mountain. #litchat -2:05 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @CarolyBurnsBass Well said, Carolyn. #litchat -2:05 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @VanessaDobbs Some days I can really obsess about it. Other times I can be more sanguine–and hope that she’s happy wherever she is #litchat -2:05 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell Re: lost languages. Ovid was banished to a place where he didn’t speak the lang. He learned it, & now that language is lost to us. #litchat -2:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel (note:@vromans is referring to language where speakers differentiate btwn “river side” & “mountain side”, instead of right and left #litchat -2:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine Back from reading excerpt. Looking forward to the book. Love the paragraph that begins “She had a photograph from her childhood…” #LitChat -2:06 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @redRavine Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. #litchat -2:07 PM May 22nd, 2009
wordbrooklyn Right now on #litchat, @EmilyMandel is answering questions about her book LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL. Launch party here 6/2 at 7:30pm! -2:08 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat We’ve come to the end of hour with @EmilyMandel. Everyone’s welcome to continue the chat, but if Emily needs off, we understand. #litchat -2:09 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @LitChat Thanks again for having me! I’m happy to stick around for a few more minutes. #litchat -2:10 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen @emilymandel been very nice hearing your thoughts emily #litchat -2:10 PM May 22nd, 2009
EliseBlackwell Thank you, Emily, for writing this novel! #litchat -2:10 PM May 22nd, 2009
maggiedana @LitChat Will you have a litchat on Monday?#litchat -2:10 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell That’s interesting about Ovid — I didn’t know that. Adding to list of things to research. #litchat -2:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat RT @wordbrooklyn …LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL by @emilymandel launch party here 6/2 at 7:30pm! #litchat -2:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @stujallen Thanks! Nice talking to you. #litchat -2:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
kdueykduey Then I have a question. Is the book through Eli’s eyes? Or do you have two protagonists (that’s my new toy and I love it)..#litchat -2:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine Wonderful to participate. Thanks so much for your time. #LitChat -2:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @EliseBlackwell Thank you for reading it! #litchat -2:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat @maggiedana Yes. LitChat is every M-W-F for one hour at 4 pm/edt. Hope you can join us. See our blog at http://www.litchat.net. #litchat -2:11 PM May 22nd, 2009
mmj5170 Mostly listened again today. @emilymandel Congrats on your book and thank you for your time here today to share. #litchat -2:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Just drew a name from the list of today’s chatters and the winner is @VanessaDobbs! Congrats! Please DM me your mailing addy. #litchat -2:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks Many thanks to @emilymandel and @LitChat for hosting a great discussion! #litchat -2:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @kdueykduey A lot of the book is through Eli’s eyes, but I have four protagonists. Eli’s perhaps the most important. #litchat -2:12 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @mmj5170 Glad you could join us! #litchat -2:13 PM May 22nd, 2009
mmj5170 @LitChat Thanks again for hosting. Sorry for being missing so much lately; everything happens during this hour it seems. #litchat -2:13 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 RT @unbridledbooks Many thanks to @emilymandel and @LitChat for hosting a great discussion! #litchat Yes, thank you! #litchat -2:13 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs Wow Can’twait to read it. Thankyou Emily for the chat #litchat -2:14 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks Congrats to @VanessaDobbs on winning a copy of Last Night in Montreal! #litchat -2:14 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Thank you @EmilyMandel for joining us. It gets a bit hectic on your end, but you did an excellent job. Good luck and come back. #litchat -2:14 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @VanessaDobbs Hope you enjoy the book! #litchat -2:14 PM May 22nd, 2009
stujallen bye all catch youmon i hope #litchat -2:14 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Chatscripts of today’s chat will be posted at http://www.litchat.net/past-litchats this weekend. #litchat -2:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
emilymandel @LitChat Thanks! I think I’ll sign off now. It’s been a pleasure. #litchat -2:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
corb21 @LitChat Will there be one on Mon even with the holiday? #litchat -2:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
VanessaDobbs Thanks @LitChat #litchat -2:15 PM May 22nd, 2009
mindywithrow @litchat @emilymandel this was my first time joining #litchat and loved it! will join in again. Thanks so much! -2:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
deberryandgrant @EmilyMandel I decided she’s only missing to us. And maybe, hopefully, she found herself. She was a very unhappy person. #litchat -2:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Next week’s topic is expatriate literature. Friday’s guest host is Anastasia Ashman (@Thandelike). See http://www.litchat.net/coming-up. #litchat -2:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
unbridledbooks Chatscripts of Emily Mandel’s #litchat will be posted at http://www.litchat.net/past-litchats this weekend. #ubb #litchat -2:16 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Yes, LitChat is open on Monday. We’re having too much fun here to take time off. Join us if you can. Same time and place. #litchat -2:17 PM May 22nd, 2009
theskint rt@wordbrooklyn right now on #litchat, @emilymandel is answering questions about her book last night in montreal. launch party 6/2 at 7:30pm -2:18 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Many thanks and #followfriday to @balletbookworm @stujallen @FredRamsay @ZumayaBooks @maggiedana @karlathia @DavidRozansky. #litchat -2:18 PM May 22nd, 2009
theskint rt @wordbrooklyn right now on #litchat, @emilymandel answering questions about her book last night in montreal. launch party 6/2 at 7:30pm -2:19 PM May 22nd, 2009
redRavine RT @unbridledbooks: Chatscripts of Emily Mandel’s #litchat will be posted at http://www.litchat.net/past-litchats this weekend. #ubb #litchat -2:19 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat LitChat thanks and #followfriday to @VanessaDobbs @booksliesalibis @hermitpaul @redRavine @pussreboots @mindywithrow. #litchat -2:19 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat More LitChat thanks and #followfriday to @kdueykduey @CarolyBurnsBass @BethFishReads @NicholeBo @insidebooks @EliseBlackwell #litchat -2:20 PM May 22nd, 2009
LitChat Still thanking litpeeps and #followfriday to @deberryandgrant @wordbrooklyn @mmj5170 @vromans @theskint and @unbridledbooks. #litchat -2:22 PM May 22nd, 2009

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