Daniel Aristi was born in Spain. He studied French Literature as an undergrad at the French Lycée in San Sebastian. He now lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children. Daniel’s work has been recently featured in Meat for Tea and Puerto del Sol and is forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review, Cleaver Magazine and LA Review. Daniel is a Pushcart nominee (Dirty Chai).
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What’s on your nightstand right now?
The Long Weekend by Adrian Tinniswood, an account of life in the English country house between the two World Wars…and in my iPad lots of poetry by Tina Chang and Danez Smith.
Are you more likely to buy a print book or ebook?
Always print, love the feel of books and scribbling on their pages.
Tell us about your favorite bookstore.
Exclusive Books in Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg. They have tons of books on Southern Africa, a region of the world we have lived in for many years—South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana—and that we call home.
What book made the biggest impression on you as a kid?
2001: A Space Odyssey, hands down. Never got over the disconnection of HAL…
Tell us about your writing routine. Do you have a favorite time or place to write?
Whenever my day job and my daughter and my son allow me—they are six and two, so you can imagine.
Who’s your muse? Who or what inspires you?
Everyday little things that I then try to expand into something bigger and more complex. But the starting point is almost always a very banal happening.
Besides writing, what’s your passion?
Taking care of my family.