Could you tell us a little bit about how your tumblr got started?
My co-worker noticed that I had some downtime at work (there are only so many pug blogs a person can visit in one day, I guess), and suggested that I start my own tumblr using literary quotes. I really liked the idea, but then I realized that a quote from literature can be so much more appealing if it has a photo of Joan Holloway attached to it. So that’s how the idea of Slaughterhouse 90210 was born(Rejected blog titles: Full House of Mirth, Catch-227).
Then I promised myself that I’d post once every weekday. I didn’t want this to be a fleeting thing. It might sound utterly ridiculous to talk about discipline when it comes to updating your tumblr, but that’s what I needed to do. And tumblr is an amazing platform because reblogging is so easy—my posts were, if not exactly going viral, at least catching on in some big ways. As the blog evolved over the years, my main goal became getting books back into pop culture discussions right alongside Mad Men and Jersey Shore. In my own little way I wanted to propagate the notion that books are still a vital part of the way we live now.
Tell me a little about yourself. A/S/L? Day job? Passions?
I’m 33, I live in Brooklyn. I’m a former book editor, and currently during the day I’m basically the book person at a digital music store. So if my blog is a celebration of books and TV, my day job is all about books and music. In fact, friends have suggested that I use song lyrics rather than literary quotes in some Slaughterhouse 90210 posts, but frankly, I think that would be too twee even for me. I will save the Fiona Apple/Buffy pairings for my therapist. So yeah, I love going to see bands. I unabashedly love karaoke. And I’m also one of those crazy people who loves going to readings. New York has some of the best bookstores in the world, and they put on terrific events. Wine + friends + books = perfect.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Lorrie Moore, Margaret Atwood, Dana Spiotta, William Gay, Jeanette Winterson, Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jennifer Egan, Somerset Maugham, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens.
Favorite books in specific?
Recent Favorites: Open City, The Sisters Brothers, The Song of Achilles, Wild, Pulphead, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Leaving the Atocha Station, Bossypants.
All-Time Favorites: The Giant’s House, Anagrams, The Dud Avocado, Of Human Bondage, Just Kids, The Group, The Line of Beauty, The Secret History, Everything Matters!, The Dirt.
Favorite television programs or favorite TV characters?
Let’s do TV characters. Current favorites include: Sally Draper, Hannah Horvath, Nolan Ross, Schmidt, Donna Meagle, Louis CK, Liz Lemon, Dalia Royce, Annie’s Boobs. All-time favorites: Alex P. Keaton, Veronica Mars, Tami Taylor, Brian Kinney, Brenda Walsh, Daria Morgendorffer, Casey Klein, Dale Cooper, Lindsay Weir, Claire Fisher, Elaine Benes.
What are some of your favorite web diversions?
On Tumblr: Better Book Titles, Old Loves, TV Hangover, I’m Remembering, Flavorpill.
In my RSS feed: Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Vulture, Grantland, This Recording, Videogum, Largehearted Boy, Galleycat, The Millions, The Awl. And then a variety of animal blogs. Emotipugs and The Daily Otter bring me great joy. I also really just like to troll around Menu Pages and fantasize about meals I would order in various restaurants.
What most excites you about the new media of this early 21st century?
I love how the Internet brings people together, that you can find people with similar interests in very specific ways, and that you can build communities. I love that the Internet has allowed me to show that loving books and loving TV doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. And I also love how, at the end of the day, you can turn off your computer and go read a book.
Is there anything else you want to talk about? Something you’re excited about right now?
Hmm. I’m pretty proud of my Pinterest: The Many Ties of Adam Scott.
On Wednesday, May 30th, Kreizman will be at McNally Jackson Books, speaking alongside Maud Newton and Maria Popovo, two of her “internet crushes” about creativity and curation in the digital age at an event hosted by Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist.