transcribed at “Type Writer: An Afternoon of L.A. Stories Typed Before Your Eyes” with Marisela Norte and Lynell George
How do we start?
I came to L.A. from Minneapolis
and I’m a shoemaker and I work for myself
I’ve literally only been here for three—no, four hours
A couple months ago I met this awesome dude
he’s with the L.A. Philharmonic
and I just need a reason to move
things were really picking up with this dude
they were. And they kept escalating, but they
came to a full stop, he was supposed to come visit me
and he didn’t. I don’t know what I’m doing
I could stay in Minneapolis… but I don’t know,
I didn’t decide…
he’s getting a divorce, he’s not really helpful
he’s emotionally embroiled in something I don’t want
to get involved with
I’m leaving on Friday, I’m just here for a week
it would be a big deal, to move all my equipment
but maybe, in Minnesota there’s 3 shoemakers
in L.A. there’s a lot more, but most of them are hobbyists
There’s a lot, in L.A. and New York, they charge
about $2,000. In Minneapolis my price point is about a third of that
Do you want the real story or the one I tell people?
I’ll tell you both
I was in grad school, in the MFA program at the
Art Institute of Chicago, I was a book maker, a writer, a photographer
I’d always done a lot of writing, editing
I got into a serious car accident,
I couldn’t write anymore
but shoes, I could follow
I made my MFA project shoes
they altered the way people had to walk,
you know, I didn’t have to say anything,
I didn’t have to explain, they sort of mimicked the healing process
you know what I mean?
I wrote a lot, I had a blog
but I lost it, a friend of mine said he found it
I wrote and wrote and wrote, but I lost it again
I couldn’t read anything for a long time
I wrote but I couldn’t read
I just started reading again
Are we taking off?
Are you going to put it in your archive?
No I don’t need it, I’ve lived it.
We’re going now, thanks
Nice to meet you
with Lynell George and Marisela Norte