Brooklyn Rail // Interview with Mark Haber

“For me personally, literature makes the world more bearable and less uncertain. It may be a reliance, as you say, but I often think it’s a healthy reliance. Having literature, music and art to escape is a solace for so many people. It shouldn’t be at the expense of your community or the people around you, of course. But looking inwards is important. Sometimes I think my best conversations are the ones I have with myself. And that’s not a criticism of anyone! But having a rich interior life, an inner dialogue, is hugely important and when writing a book, you’re having this conversation with yourself every day, or each time you sit down. It’s maddening and thrilling and an avenue into knowing parts of yourself.”