Alexander Boldizar

Alexander Boldizar
Bio

Alexander Boldizar was the first post-independence Slovak citizen to graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. Since then, he has been an art gallery director in Bali, an attorney in San Francisco and Prague, a pseudo-geisha in Japan, a hermit in Tennessee, a paleontologist in the Sahara, a porter in the High Arctic, a police-abuse watchdog in New York City, an editor and art critic in Jakarta and Singapore, and a consultant on Wall Street. His writing has won the PEN/Nob Hill prize and was the Breadloaf nominee for Best New American Voices. Boldizar currently lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where his hobbies include throwing boulders and choking people while wearing pajamas, for which he won a gold medal at the Pan American Championships and a bronze at the World Masters Championships of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For several years, an online Korean dictionary had him listed as its entry for “ugly.”
 

Lenka's List had the pleasure to publish this interview on: May 11th, 2017
I started The Ugly while at law school, and my initial goal was to critique the idea of law. I was publishing law review articles and dating a professor, and in the process got turned off by academic rationality. I came to see storytelling as the most sophisticated form of thinking. I realized I loved ideas that are too complex to put in a box, whether the box is a bumper sticker or a tome like Being and Time. Heidegger never wrote the second half of Being and Time because, he said, he realized that Rilke had done it all better through poetry.
Click for full: Alexander Boldizar Interview
Posted on: May 6th, 2017

THE UGLY has received the following accolades:

• Best Book of 2016 Overall Grand Prize winner, CAC17

• Somerset Prize for best literary fiction of 2016

• Indies 2016 “Book of the Year” double finalist (literary, humor) - winners to be announced at the American Library Association conference on June 24, 2017

• Best Books of 2016: Best Fiction, Entropy Magazine

• Best Fiction Books of 2016: A Year End List, Book Scrolling