Desillusionierung à la Jonathan Carroll

Hach, das Leben kann so trivial sein:

Frage an Jonathan Carroll: Hi Jon, I have never read any of your books, but I recently (today) discovered you. As you may have guessed, I was intrigued by the name of one of your characters. How did you come up with it? Do you know any other Michael Billas? I was a bartender for about four years in Portugal, Italy and New York. Can you see why I’m utterly enthralled by my discovery of your work? This blows my mind! Maybe I’m reading into this too much, but I do believe in certain symbols that manifest themselves in everyday life. And this looks like one of them to me. Please email me…curiosity is killing this cat. Thanks, Michael Billa PS: I make a killer Martini (figuratively speaking).

Antwort: Ah Michael, I hate to disappoint you, especially when it comes to magic, but the name Michael Billa comes from something very mundane. There is a large chain of supermarkets in Austria named “Billa.” The Michael I just tagged onto it because early in my career, a nasty critic said (among my many other literary failures) I gratuitously use strange names much too often. So Michael it was. But you know, the fact that you discovered my work and a character of mine with your name is a magic of sorts no matter what, you know? [story]


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