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Aug 13, 2012, 06:49AM

A Provocation & Sequence of Enthusiasms

A 2007 A.V. Club interview with actress/director Julie Delpy vs. a 2009 Pedestal Magazine interview with poet Dean Young.

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Julie Delpy: So you have to manage, you have to be diplomatic, and at the same time, really strong.

Dean Young: I know. I was pre-med.

Delpy: Like, you get punched in the face 20 times a day and you have to keep it together.

Young: That line refers to the casual, daily cruelties that people enact upon one another.

Delpy: They would throw me on motorcycles and have me have accidents, hide me in a hotel room in the suburbs pretending that I was shooting to get the insurance money, then make me shoot with a damaged leg.

Young: I think of it as a provocation and a sequence of enthusiasms.

Delpy: It was just an idea at the time.

Young: I tried to make it into a readable gallop.

Delpy: But then the second one, we got together and thought of the story and then we wrote.

Young: But after that they all kind of blend together.

Delpy: Not much changed, you know?

Young: That’s a great question.

Delpy: It’s the opposite.

Young: I don’t know if there is such a thing.

Delpy: Everyone hated the director, the film didn't work out, blah blah blah. If feels very safe. It needs to be a little edgier.

Young: The language is very simple. It’s all context.

Delpy: The minute you’re confused, you lose everybody.

Young: And that’s what I want to do.


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