Matt Dojny co-authored the illustrated essay “Impossible Sightseeing” in A Public Space, as well as contributing an illustrated piece to THE MOMENT: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure. The Festival of Earthly Delights is his first novel. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and dog. Visit him at www.mattdojny.com.
An excerpt from The Festival of Earthly Delights appears in Issue Thirty-Five of The Collagist.
Here, Matt Dojny answers questions "in the form of excerpts"--with further excerpts from The Festival of Earthly Delights. Enjoy!
1. What is writing like?
There was a pregnant pause, and then, with a tremendous shudder, I felt something begin to slowly, gently slide out of my body. It was unnaturally large and abnormally thick and went on and on and on, seeming as if it might not stop until my intestines had unspooled in a heap onto the floor. The violence of the act disturbed me, but I simultaneously experienced an illicit, adrenaline-filled rush that made my head swim. After I finally heard the thing fall with a thud into the ceramic bowl below, I hovered there, savoring an empty-headed moment of blissful calm, and then cautiously turned around to see what I’d created.
2. What isn’t writing like?
DICKSPLASH: [pause] Um… whiskers?
3. When you do it, why?
During the Exercise, you may experience Joy in many forms and intensities, ranging from the Joy that raises the hair of the body, to the Joy that raises you off the ground, sometimes to the ceiling.
4. When you don’t, why?
I spent an hour trying to pull nightcrawlers out of my tearducts.