Melissa Silva is a Sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in Economics and International Relations.
Superstition Review: What do you do for SR?
Melissa Silva: I’m the Interview Coordinator. I organize potential authors to interview, contact the authors and then become the communication link between the editors and authors.
SR: How did you hear about or get involved with Superstition Review?
MS: My ENG 102 teacher recommended I become involved.
SR: What is your favorite section of SR? Why?
MS: The interview section. I like hearing about how the authors developed each character and where the whole idea had its origins.
SR: Who is your dream contributor to the journal?
MS: Jonathan Safran Foer. He wrote Everything is Illuminated and I love his writing style. His characters are always very beautiful and complex. The format of his novels are always a little out of the box.
SR: What job, other than your own, would you like to try out in the journal?
MS: Because I’m a business student I think an admin job like advertising or funding would be a really great challenge to try out what I’ve learned and get some real-world experience.
SR: What are you most excited for in the upcoming issue?
MS: I’m excited to see who the authors are that are going to be interviewed for the next issue. I’m hoping to be able to contact some of the names that I’ve read and loved.
SR: What was the first book you remember falling in love with and what made it so special?
MS: The first book would probably the collection of Winnie the Pooh tales my mom had from when she was younger. Now that I look back on it the lovable characters were just simplified versions of personalities I encounter now. But I loved how unique and special each character was to Christopher Robin.
SR: What are you currently reading?
MS: I just finished Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. It’s a collection of short stories. Her writing is so exact and realistic but somehow it draws a lot of emotion and sympathy from the reader for her characters.
SR: What artist have you really connected with, either in subject matter, work, or motto?
MS: I remember I read JD Salinger’s Franny and Zooey while I was going through a hard time. The idea of someone who would help you rationalize out of your own mind trap was a beautiful idea.
SR: What would be your dream class to take at ASU? What would the title be and what would it cover?
MS: The title of the class would be “Getting through the Labyrinth.” I remember in the book Looking for Alaska, after the suicide of one of his students, the teacher assigned the class to write a paper on how to get through the labyrinth that is life. They would look into their sources of happiness–religion, texts, friendship, etc–and create a strategy. Finding those things that have meaning and applying them to your own life would be the goal of the class.
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