#tbt An Interview with Tegan & Sara


Found in the Margins is a defunct web magazine that Chris DePaul founded in 2006. Chris and his co-writers would interview musicians, writers and activists on one question: What books inspire the work you do? The Brothers DePaul will be reposting these archived interviews every Thursday. #tbt

This week's interview: Tegan & Sara

Tegan and Sara, the indie pop/rock sisters from Montreal and Vancouver, began their musical career upon graduating high school. As a child Tegan aspired to either be a clown, veterinarian or rock star, and Sara had prepared to become a lawyer and move to Boston. After graduation Sara was quickly convinced by Tegan that rock stardom was definitely their best career choice.

Tegan and Sara have produced four albums since their conception, most recently being the highly successful album So Jealous, and have toured with the likes of The Killers, Hot Hot Heat, Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Neil Young, and Ben Folds.

Sara has written on her band’s bio page that her “real life dream would be to write fiction and go on book tours.” foundinthemargins got a chance to discuss with Sara some of her favourite books and what she finds captivating about each.

Independence Day - Richard Ford
“Unfolding over a July 4th long weekend, this ‘American classic’ speaks directly to my heart. Paced like a thriller, the introspective wisdom that spills off of the pages have drawn me back to re-read this book three times. Frank Bascombe, a former sportswriter (Independence Day is the sequel to The Sportswriter), is now a divorced father in his late 40's, working as a real estate agent in Haddam, New Jersey. Focusing on a weekend trip touring Hall of Fames, Frank and his troubled son, Paul, battle through tough subjects like divorce, death, responsibility and happiness. I don't cry very often in books, but there are a few zingers in this book that squeezed me inside so hard I found myself crying in Laundromats and on airplanes.”

On Beauty - Zadie Smith
“I found this to be the easiest Zadie Smith novel to read - a great subway riding distraction or a long plane ride type book. Focusing on two families, this is a story about race, hip hop, love, jealousy, politics, and everyday life. What I love about all of Zadie Smith's books is they have humour and intelligence that would appeal to almost everyone, but are packed full of educated research about art, politics and life. It's like a fiction full of non-fiction.”

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - Audre Lorde
“This is a great introduction to the inspirational author/poet Audre Lorde's life. A ‘biomythography’, his book tells the story of growing up black and gay in America in the 60's and 70's.”

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004
“I am highly addicted to all of the ‘Best American’ series collections - magazine writings, essays, short stories and of course my favourite, nonrequired reading. I especially love the 2004 edition of the Nonrequired Reading. Michelle Tea writes a fascinating account of her time at TransCamp, the protest set up in the backyard of the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. There are stories from David Sedaris and Kari Hart Hemmings, and comics from Sammy Harkham, Eve Englezos and Joshua Moutray. Edited by Dave Eggers, the contents of this book are picked by a student committee who ‘sifts through virtually everything published in the United States in a given year...’ to come up with the collection found in the book! They are all high school students from the San Francisco Bay area and they do a fabulous job!”