“After Me Comes the Flood” by Kirstin Chen is part of the September Issue. You should read this story on a rainy day, you should read this story any day. Here, she provides us with an equally engaging interview.
1. Why haven’t you come to your senses?
Everyday I get up at 5:45 am and walk twenty minutes down a steep hill (that I later have to climb) to practice this thing called Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga. Six days a week (except Saturdays, and on full and new moons, but that’s another story). I’ve kept up this routine for almost 3 years, and it has become the brunt of many jokes amongst my friends (At 8 pm on a Tuesday: “What are you doing up so late?” etc…) Why haven’t I come to my senses? Because everything I learned about writing, I leaned from Ashtanga yoga: how to show up everyday, regardless of how much sleep you got last night, or how inspired you feel this morning.
Also, it keeps me thin.
2. How would “After Me Comes The Flood” be different if there was a copy of The Secret instead of Women?
Will and Caroline would have sucked it up and stayed together, growing more depressed with each passing day.
3. How would you stop a flood?
By plugging the hole with all the cotton wool in the world.
4. What fictional city would you destroy with water?
5. Where did “After Me Comes The Flood Come From”?
Before we moved to San Francisco, my now-husband and I lived in a basement apartment in a sketchy part of Boston. One summer there was a huge flash flood and our apartment filled with water. Thankfully it was just rainwater; clearly it could have been worse.
6. What hated thing would you ruin just to sop up water?
Our once-beloved and very reasonably priced espresso machine broke six months after we bought it. Now I hate it.