Kevin Bigley on the Dangerous Lure of Nostalgia
In Conversation with Brad Listi on Otherppl
Kevin Bigley is this week’s guest. His debut novel, Comaville, is now available from Clash Books.
From the episode:
Kevin Bigley: Whenever I’m working away from my wife, it’s not like I’m very aware of my sleeping. So when I start to fall asleep and I start to fixate on something like the beach, whatever, my brain goes to, I’m like, so that’s how you’re going to do it. Good choice. Let’s focus on the beach.
So I started playing this game, having moved around so much, where I would envision an area of time, like my backyard from my house on the freeway… Or like the mall, or what did my sixth-grade classroom look like up in Oregon? I would then try to construct the room. It was a super fun and relaxing game, and it helped me get to sleep a couple of times because then I would just fade off. But then I got obsessed with the game of it, and I started getting worse sleep. I thought that was interesting, that this thing of nostalgia was something that got me. It was soothing at first, but then became very detrimental and poisonous. So that was the point of genesis for the book.
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Kevin Bigley is an actor/writer from Yuba-Sutter County. He’s most recently appeared in Sirens, Bojack Horseman, Parked, Undone, and Upload. He’s had fiction published in Maudlin House, X-Ray, Reedsy, and Beautiful Losers. He lives in Los Angeles.