Woody Allen on writing: “Even when you’re not thinking about it, your unconscious is cooking. Even when I’m playing my clarinet or seeing a movie or something, even though I’m not consciously thinking of it, the unconscious is percolating.”
Aimee Bender is the author of four books including The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998), and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction.
Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC. [From bio on her site, also source of photo, www.flammableskirt.com]
In an interview, she commented about the central value of the subconscious or unconscious for creative work: “I realized that my parents, in a way, had a similar job: my dad, through psychiatry, is dealing with the unconscious and forging his way through other people’s unawareness and bringing them into the air to look at, and my mom is delving into her own unconscious to make up dances.
“She’s a dance teacher and choreographer. And I’m sort of the combo platter, in that psychiatry is so essentially verbal and well, duh, of course so is writing, and also I am like her in that it’s all about creating from this inexplicable mysterious place.”