Introducing New Marketing Intern Emma Reynolds
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is...
Naw, I’m just kidding. In fact, what you might want to know is that I’ve never read The Catcher in the Rye. I realize confessing this might not cast me in the best light. Being a literary type, it’s always been one of my dirty little secrets. But believe me when I say it isn’t something I’ve gone out of my way to avoid. Remarkably, I just somehow survived being an adolescent at public school and an English major at a liberal arts college without ever having it assigned. In fact, it’s often made me feel like some kind of cultural aberration. So a few years ago, I decided to pick it up when I found myself with a nice long weekend and nothing else to do but lose myself in one of the great American novels. Well, ten pages in and I quickly found something else to do with that weekend. For whatever reason, Holden and I were simply not meant to be.
I experienced the same confusion with the television show Lost. I put off watching it for years, not because I wasn’t interested but precisely because I was so interested. I just knew it would suck my life away for a good couple of months until I finished it. So I kept putting it off, and putting it off, until I finally found myself with a large chunk of time, otherwise known as the post-college doldrums. However, I’m pretty sure the last episode I saw the pregnant chick was still seriously pregnant.
As someone who is a rabid consumer of narratives in all forms—from books to films to history lessons—one of my constant curiosities is why certain narratives, particularly the wildly popular kind, don’t interest me. I was even more amused a few years back when I first started writing fiction to realize how easily I, myself, could create narratives that utterly fail to interest me. The more I indulge my interest in writing, the more I’m fascinated by this issue. Thankfully, I get to indulge my interest in writing a lot these days.
Having been born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I’ve happily found my way back to the Midwest after several post-college detours: a somewhat random-but-wouldn’t-take-it-back-for-anything year in New York City, then an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago, followed by a whole lot of soul-searching in Austin, Texas. Finally, after a year at home with my parents, often living in my pajamas and usually starting my next unfinished manuscript, I realized life was going to move forward no matter what I did. So I moved to Minneapolis, and I’m happy not to move again for a very long time.
Luckily, my friend and roommate immediately suggested I look into opportunities at The Loft Literary Center. One awesome young adult literature class later and I was hooked on the organization. I was even more excited when an opportunity to participate behind the scenes became available with the Loft’s marketing internship. Beyond tackling the ever-changing world of social media, I hope it will help keep my mind on writing and mindful of the need to reach out to the wider writing community. After all, when I’m not frolicking in the snow (it hasn’t gotten old yet!) or devouring movies both good and bad, I know I always could, and usually should, be writing.
Emma Reynolds is the Loft's new marketing intern.