Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

Novels Can Learn from Poetry

Interview with American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which he reflects on the power of literature in general and poetry in particular. Foer also argues that art always has a personal point of departure, where the artist confronts the world and rearranges it.

In this interview Jonathan Safran Foer (born 1977) reflects on various media and cultural activities. Personally, he is fascinated by film, but at all the critical moments of life Foer has been drawn to the unique power of literature, and especially poetry. However, all true art and culture has a common ground, Foer says. Unlike most other activities in society, art and culture are produced without a direct function and solely for their own sake. Foer argues that every work of art – whether it is a painting, a book, a film or a piece of music – is highly subjective at heart. Foer further explains why his novels often revolve around the theme of the family. “How can you not write about it,” he asks, “since everybody is confronted with the subject, even those who have lost their family or grew up without it?” It would be much more relevant, he claims, to ask J.K. Rowling why she writes about wizards.

Jonathan Safran Foer was interviewed by Synne Rifbjerg.

Camera: Troels Kahl and Martin Kogi
Produced by: Kamilla Bruus and Synne Rifbjerg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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