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Dec 11, 2019

In Part Two of this file the Academy Award nominated screenwriter, actor, and author, Kim Krizan, returned to discuss how she came to work with director Richard Linklater on the critically acclaimed Before Sunrise film series, her lifelong study of femme fatales, and the pioneering work of author Anaïs Nin.

"I write so the endangered thoughts roaming naked and vulnerable through the misty jungles of my mind aren't slain by the guns of practical living." – Kim Krizan

Kim earned her Masters degree in English and Literature and while she was writing her thesis – titled "Anaïs Nin and The Psychology of Creativity" – she auditioned for a film part on a lark.

As a result, she went on to act in some of acclaimed director Richard Linklater's best known films including Slacker, Dazed and Confused, and even played herself in Waking Life.

After taking interest in her Masters thesis, Linklater and Krizan went on to co-write the lauded film Before Sunrise (1995), featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and they collaborated on the entire award-winning trilogy.

It's no surprise that her in-depth studies of the life of a visionary author also led to her latest book – Spy in the House of Anaïs Nin – "...a penetrating look at Nin’s incredible life and famous diary...Firmly placing Nin in her historical context as a feminist and visionary."

*A note on the audio quality of this episode, Kim did join me via telephone for this interview.*

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In Part Two of this file Kim Krizan and I discussed:

  • Why the liminal hours between waking and sleeping are so valuable for writers
  • How Kim befriended Anaïs Nin's family and was granted access to her secret letters, papers, and original manuscripts
  • What drove Nin to become the most groundbreaking self-published female author of her time
  • How Nin's visionary work predicted the future
  • The secrets of a literary legend and the many (often broke) famous authors she befriended and loved
  • And why you're allowed to write a piece of crap and risk failure early on

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