Faculty Spotlight: Rob Roberge

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Our faculty tend exemplify our multi-disciplinary approach: they’re pretty good at more than one thing. In Rob Roberge’s case, he’s had a successful career in fiction, nonfiction and music. In this interview in the Los Angeles Times (with our own David Ulin), Rob Roberge talks about the process of creating The Cost of Living, his acclaimed novel, and talks about how literature and music intersect:

“Fans like to think bandmates are all friends,” Roberge writes. “You start as friends — most bands do. But you live in a cage on wheels every day between two hundred and three hundred days a year. People start to hate the sound of other people’s voices, the way they eat, you name it. Tension grows in exponential ways.”

As for the connection between music and writing, Roberge goes back and forth. On the one hand, he says, “Music is music and novels are novels. They are what they are.” At the same time, he continues, “I think music’s effect on prose is more prominent than the other way around.”

Partly, perhaps, that’s because music is more accessible: “My first love was music,” he recalls. “I wasn’t from a house with books. There was no frame of reference until I got to college — whereas every kid in a garage band thinks being a rock star is an option.”



By | 2017-05-18T16:48:19-07:00 January 28th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Faculty Spotlight: Rob Roberge

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