I’m currently working on a two-hander, THE RING, about a woman obsessed with Wagner‘s RING CYCLE (particularly the story of Sieglinde and Siegmund) and her mother, seemingly British, who turns out to have been a Holocaust survivor.
Imagine my research.
I have been hip-deep in the Holocaust of late, including Auschwitz, Dr. Mengele, Adolph Eichmann, and remembrance websites, some built by survivors.
Here’s what’s really scary.
When I grab hold of a thread that might be useful, either in my story or backstories, I’m suddenly fascinated, following tangents that have nothing to do with my work, tangents that lead me to a female doctor who did Mengele-like experiments, to the story after the liberation of Auschwitz of how the women – sick, emaciated women – were repeatedly raped by their Red Army “saviors.”
And I read these things.
When I was a kid and Leon Uris‘ MILA 18 came out, I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting, and had nightmares for years.
My dreams, so far, are the normal eclectic fare, some mundane, some transformative, some the kind of wishful thinking that makes “dream” a positive term. Please may that continue.
Tell me, when you’re researching for a work, do you get obsessed? go down bizarre paths? hit a tolerance level of what you can stand?
And tell me too, how do you walk away, shake it off, get on with the rest of life and your other work?
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