Nathan Tavares’s “Interior Spaces” was in the December Issue. Nathan answers questions about dressing slutty, cheating lovers and hidden rooms.
1. How would you dress slutty as a guy?
For me, it would be wearing anything other than my usual parka. Exposed forearms are really slutty.
2. Do you think I drive people away?
No. Youâ€™re awesome. But in a completely unrelated note, I have to cancel lunch with you tomorrow. I have, uh, plans.
3. Who would you lock in a room with no way to get out?
Katy Perry. She must be stopped.
4. How would you handle a cheating lover?
The old fashioned way:
5. Why did you decide to use a hidden room asthe turn for this story?
Iâ€™ll be honest and say that the hidden room started off as the main reason for the story, just for the fun of it. Then, the challenge was to try to create a super realistic (especially psychologically) world, so that the room would be a fun surprise in the middle. Like a bon bon!
Sure, the storyâ€™s about a hidden room. But I also love the idea of sleight of hand in fiction. Besides the room, what is the story trying to get at? The room is pyrotechnics. Highlighting change in a fun way, so that (hopefully) the reader isnâ€™t hit over the head with a big inflatable hammer that says, â€œTHEME.â€ The room is there to get at the idea ofchange. How much of yourself should you be willing to change for another person?
Plus, isnâ€™t it really creepy for something so weird to happen in your own home? The room is a breaking point in Elleâ€™s tension-filled day.
6. What does your hidden room look like?
Normally, youâ€™d have to buy me a drink before I answer a question like that.