Swimmers Club

9th November 2016


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Courtesy of Elle

Municipal Pool

Check which is the shallow end and note the point where you will be out of your depth.


Who: Elle Nash
Where: Denver, USA
What: Writer

Hi. Who are you?

I'm still figuring that out, but mostly I'm Elle Nash.

Where are you from?

I was born in North Yorkshire, England and have lived so many places as a military that I am kind of not from anywhere. I currently live in Northwest Arkansas.

What time is it where you are? What's going on?

It's 8:39 p.m. on a Saturday night and I am typing this from my friend Carl's house, which sits on 5 acres of wooded property. He's doing dishes after feeding three of his kids dinner, and my husband is talking to two of our friends who live next door. I'm waiting for them so we can use Carl's truck to pick up the rest of our stuff in storage since my husband and I just moved here and need to get everything set up in our new apartment. 

It's hot in here and there are flies everywhere right now. I swear I just saw two of them copulating. Weird.

Can you tell us a bit about your piece/pieces in Cassette 89?

It's a fiction exploration of the lifelong relationship I've had to my body and to mental illness. 

How does it differ to what you've written before or doesn't it?

I had been writing this eating disorder manuscript for about a year and a half, which was a series of essays about beauty, and my body, and all of those kinds of things. After setting it down for six months, I relapsed and was dealing with a lot of work stress and trying to work through these issues without telling anyone. I came back to the manuscript during this time, and began writing small snippets of my lived experience trying to recover, and experimented with particular scenes (real or not real) as a single thought, rearranging them, seeing what narrative came about as they stood on their own and then strung together in a single line. I'd never really written like that before, which makes it different. So this piece is an excerpt of a much longer manuscript I've been working on all summer, and I might even scrap the whole set of essays, or reform them into something else in this new fiction manuscript thing.

Can you tell us a bit about what you're working on next or will that jinx it?

I just told you, so I hope it doesn't jinx it!

Do you ever still listen to real audio cassette tapes like some kind of unreconstructed hipster of five years ago? Great question, huh? 

I've been scouring thrift stores lately and seriously considered buying an 8 track tape deck recently which came with a whole bunch of tapes, so maybe. 

Can you swim?

Like a shark. 


Elle is featured in the upcoming sampler Cassette 89 available from Dostoyevsky Wannabe