Amazon Asks: Amy Fusselman, on Fur, Cardamom, and Candy
Amy Fusselman writes the "Family Practice" column for the McSweeney's online 'zine, Internet Tendency. Her first two books--The Phamaracist's Mate and 8--have just been published (by McSweeneys) in one unique volume. After reading The Pharmacist's Mate, you flip the book around and upside down to read 8 on the other side. We chatted with Amy via email about what she's reading, and more.Describe The Pharmacist’s Mate in one sentence?
Dad going, baby coming, boat floating, doctor, doctor!
That's a phrase, though.Describe 8 in one sentence? In 10 words?
Here's a haiku:
Getting a motor
cycle license at 40
is hard. I digress.What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?
Ascending Peculiarity by Edward Gorey and Karen Wilkin
The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days by Ian FrazierPreferred reading format: print? digital?
I'm an equal opportunity reader.
When I was a kid I had an edition of The Little Fur Family that had a real fur cover. It was a precious and exotic object to me. I am waiting for book production today to go in that direction--to differentiate itself from digital by making hardcover books covered in fur and encrusted with jewels.
One kids' book I discovered as an adult is Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty. My kids and I adore that book. It would probably be even better covered in fur, though.What are you obsessed with now?
I love cardamom. I want to put it in everything. That's a short term obsession. I have many long-term obsessions. One is "The Nutcracker." I see the New York City Ballet perform it at Lincoln Center every year and I really believe it is a perfect piece of art. There's a party, a battle, a little girl bringing down an army, a snowstorm, an intermission, and then a long parade of dancing candies. The structure is insane. Two years ago we had the good fortune, in New York City, to have Mark Morris's "The Hard Nut" staged in Brooklyn at the same time that the New York City Ballet was doing their annual Nutcracker, so we had a little Nutcracker curriculum going on here. I am reading Nutcracker Nation by Jennifer Fisher right now and loving it.What are you stressed about now?
Nothing that can't be dealt with by thinking hard about dancing candy. I'm very lucky.What's next for you?
I have another book coming out called Savage Park. I have a web site I just started called Ohio Edit. I am going to publish books with jewels on them. I am going to drink a big cup of cardamom coffee. I think that's all for now.