“Suffering does not make people noble. A lot of times suffering makes people psychologically incompetent, and they’re not good at having relationships.”
Alix Ohlin (b4b – s2.e15)
August 2nd: Alix Ohlin
Alix Ohlin (“oh-lean”) is a Montreal-born writer who is four books into a rich writing career that deserves many more readers. June, 2012 saw the simultaneous publication of her new book of stories, Signs and Wonders, and her new novel, Inside. Unheard of, no? But Toronto’s Anansi Press is on to something: Alix Ohlin writes characters you’ll wnat to know better. In her stories, she offers people who are in transition, who alternate between offering help and needing it. “The equation of helping is really very complicated. There are all kinds of reasons why attempts to intervene maynot succeed.”
In the Ohlin-iverse, there is much data for the student of psychology. And lesson after lesson about how easy it is to muddle even a seemingly simple relationship. Or perhaps the lesson is that simple human relationships rare. She says, “unhappiness, as difficult as it is, is usually where the story is found.”
For Alix, stories are more of a playground for the writerly mind, whereas novels take commitment to character over time.