Introducing Street Team Member, Lauren Korn!
Lauren Korn is a ferocious reader and inventive member of the Two Dollar Radio Street Team hailing from Missoula, Montana, with a love of Jeff Goldblum few can rival. Check out our interview with this cool Montana Mountain queen:
How did you first hear about Two Dollar Radio?
I’ve worked at two independent bookstores in Missoula, Montana, whose buyers have the keen sense to stock TDR titles. I think the first title I came across was ‘Crapalachia,’ by Scott McClanahan. Or it may have been ‘Radio Iris,’ by Anne-Marie Kinney.
What are some of your interests/background?
I’m a book nerd, through and through. I’m a writer, a reader, and an amateur graphic designer. I hoard books, clothes, and text messages.
What is your day job?
I’m a student of Creative Writing, of Literature, of Literature & The Environment, and of Wilderness Studies at the University of Montana, as well as a bookseller at Fact & Fiction in Missoula.
Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park or The Grand Budapest Hotel?
Please. Jurassic Park.
What’s your favorite Two Dollar Radio title?
‘Binary Star,’ for its innovation and for its… Loveliness. It really is a beautiful story. Sarah Gerard came through Missoula on her book tour, and being privy to her writing process and her experience in the publishing industry only solidified the book in my personal literary canon.
What else are you reading right now?
I’m slowly making my way through ‘Square Wave,’ by Mark de Silva. Slowly not because I’m slogging through it, but because since becoming a bookseller, I carry the tendency to read more than one book at any given time (plus, school). I’m also reading ‘The Girls,’ by Emma Cline and ‘Kafka Was the Rage,’ by Anatole Broyard.
What’s been your favorite experience with the Street Team?
I love recognizing in other Street Team members the enthusiasm I have for TDR and for other contemporary literature. I feel a sense of pride being a part of such a unique corner of the publishing world and am happy that I can be a voice for TDR in my own li’l pocket the literary community.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the city where you live?
Missoula, Montana, has a wonderful underground music scene, and though my ventures slow down a bit while I’m in school, going to shows is – and has been – my favorite part of living in this Rocky Mountain town.
Are you more of a thinker or a feeler?
I’m an over-thinker and a repressed-feeler.
Donald Trump’s hair or Ted Cruz’s second chin?
For entertainment purposes, Trump’s hair. If I had to choose between having one or the other, Cruz’s chin.
What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Traffic (cars, not the band).
What’s the scariest/bravest thing you’ve ever done?
I hitchhiked down the East Coast for two weeks in 2009. I don’t think I recognized some of the dangers I was putting myself in at the time, and writing this, it hardly seems scary or brave, but… Most scary or brave things I do are only scary or brave to me, i.e. removing myself from my comfort zone (but that makes for a boring answer, doesn’t it?).
Chocolate or cheese?
Cheese. Specifically on pizza. Or with fruit. Or on French fries. Or with pasta. …Cheese.
If you could go on a date with anyone, real or fictional, who would it be and what would you do?
Jeff Goldblum, because Jeff Goldblum. How do you think he’d feel if we just spent an evening staring at each other? I imagine such a date to be both wildly uncomfortable, strangely thrilling, and very telling of our personalities.
More on the Two Dollar Radio Street Team can be found here.