Lauren Oyler will be reading at The Difficult to Name Reading Series on Saturday, June 27 at Brit Pack.

Lauren Oyler will be reading at The Difficult to Name Reading Series on Saturday, June 27 at Brit Pack.

RS: You're a writer/editor for VICE, getting their VICE Broadly section up and running. I don't know how you find the energy to write anything. Sometimes I think to write an essay or something, but I can sort of see both sides of an issue or like, I think it would be better to just think about it rather than write about it. I guess that's my question: How do you convert something that you want to THINK about into something that you want to WRITE about?

LO: I don't want to sound like the wrong kind of asshole, a weenie with a "passion," but I truly feel most myself while I'm writing, and I hate not being able to write about everything I think about. I'm sorry! This is at odds with my pathological laziness and avoidance of work, as well as with the fact that I find writing to be, most of the time, horrible. I wish I could escape it! (I wish I could escape myself! etc.) I probably keep doing it because of a fateful/bad combination of 1) an attention-seeking nature; 2) extroversion; 3) being good at it (which then creates a feedback loop with the attention-seeking nature; blah blah Likes-and-Retweets culture blah blah); 4) believing that journalism is good for society, maybe, sometimes; 5) believing that writing does legitimately help you figure out what you THINK about things, instead of just leaving ideas in this weird fog of unease and notion; and 6) masochism. This last one people claim as a cutesy self-deprecating joke so often that it must sound like I too am humble-bragging, but seriously: While I am definitely bragging, I also find writing very, very, very hard. It's somewhat easier to actually write shit when you have a job that requires you to do so, though.

Your fiction has been published in a lot of cool places. What's your process been like working with fiction editors as opposed to non-fiction editors? 

Thank you! The process has been pretty much the same? Nonfiction editors often have a more specific purpose than, like, "publish a good story!" so that is a lot more collaborative, or at least back-and-forth. Also, there aren't usually blind submissions with nonfiction, and I think that probably affects process. Like all millennials, I would like to publish more fiction, but here we are. 

What can people expect from your reading?

My face will probably get red :(