Interview: Leah Dieterich

Background: As the voice behind thxthxthx, creative director & writer, former ballerina, film-maker & published author, Leah Dieterich has done more than most people do in a lifetime. I first heard of Leah’s work through her thxthxthx blog and I’m excited that she was gracious enough to answer a few questions. Check out her latest book — you can thank me later.

Q: What gets you up in the morning?

A: Well, first of all, an alarm clock that wakes me gradually with light instead of sound. And secondly, the promise of coffee or similarly caffeinated beverage. But those are the easy answers, I guess. If I had to think about it in a deeper, more essential way, I think I’d say: possibility.

Q: I’ve heard people say that success is dangerous as struggles can build a sort of character / dogged-persistence in you. How do you keep your drive, your passion when everything is going well?

A: I always have some new thing in me that’s nagging me to be explored, and I hope I always will regardless of whether what I’m currently doing feels successful or not.

Q: What’s the last book that you received at the right time & hit the spot?

A: Years ago I received The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia, and it came at a time when I’d only been reading (and therefore admittedly, kind of trying to write like) Carver, Cheever, Yates, and these other minimalists from that part of the 20th century. The People of Paper changed the way I thought about how books could be made and how Los Angeles could inform my work, and has really changed the way I approach writing since then.

Thanks Leah!