For our new video series of authors talking about their Joyland stories, Anne Swan tells us about the origins of "Emote Control" and her fear of Garry Marshall films.
In "Emote Control" an Internet entrepreneur finds time to pitch his new life-spanning content platform while discussing a friend's death. With echoes of speculative fiction "Emote Control" reminds us of the best works of Jonathan Lethem or Kurt Vonnegut in the way that Swan uses technology not as an end but as a means to explore the messy corners of human relationships.
Anne Swan received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Currently based in New York, she produces reality and nonfiction television and is completing her first novel, Throughout the Universe in Perpetuity, set in the not-so-distant future of reality television production. Her work has been supported through residencies at Djerassi, ART342 and the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design.
Interviewer: Emily Schultz
Camera: Brian Joseph Davis
Produced by Joyland TV