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WWLD? In conversation with the Waxing Lyrical.

WW..D? Is an interview segment where we get to know awesome people that are a part of the creative community in New Zealand.

This week we spoke to curator Luke Alexander, as well as being one of our key contributors Luke Alexander is also a talented actor and heavily involved in the theatre. Read more for What Would Luke Do?

Describe yourself in 3 words.
Between existential crises.
What is the ‘best’ book you’ve read?
I don’t like to play favourites; it’s unfair to my other books, but some of my favourites are Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy), The MaddAddam trilogy (Margaret Atwood) and Frida: aBiography of Frida Kahlo (Hayden Herrera)
Why write?
Putting thoughts on paper makes room for new ones… it’s a catharsis that stimulates neural processes.
When you’re not writing for #500words what are you doing?
Wondering when Nicki Minaj will grace us with her new album. That or in a theatre, library or gallery.
What is it about art that interests you in critical dialogues?
I once had it said to me that the theatre of war, the theatre of medicine and the theatre of art are the only places in which the laws of the real world don’t apply. I’m neither a barbarian nor a surgeon, but am endlessly fascinated by art’s ability to rip open the wounds of our collective conscience, ignore borders and transcend language to articulate via any means necessary something that can still be completely open to interpretation.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ideally, living in Hearst Castle. Realistically, still writing about art (though likely not in Auckland and definitely with a higher degree of/some compensation)
 If you could be a mythical creature what would it be?
A sphinx. Not the Greek female sphinx, but the Egyptian androsphinx (the one with wings)
Lastly, what advice do you have for other young people interested in writing?
Find something you care about; if you don’t care enough to write about it, why should someone care enough to read it?
You can read more from Luke on twitter by following @lukealexanderrr

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