Why Emily St John Mandel asked Wikipedia for help in getting divorced

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Emily St John Mandel

Rarely do artists want to speak about their personal relationships in interviews. Emily St John Mandel is insisting. She is the best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, as well as this year’s The Sea of Tranquility.

Ms. Mandel posted a request on social media for help in updating her Wikipedia page with her marital status over the weekend.

According to the online, user-edited Encyclopedia, she claimed she was married. However, her divorce from her husband was finalized in November.

However, when the Canadian author attempted to alter the page, she was in a bit of an “Kafkaesque”.

It turns out that you are not the expert on your life, as Wikipedia is concerned. She said that you do need a secondary source.

“I hit a brick wall. You know, when you spoke to the editor there and, and, got that information.”

Interviews take place according to a published schedule. The paperback version of The Sea of Tranquility will not be available until April. This could mean that it could take several months before the interview is corrected.

She turned to social media this weekend to see if anyone would be interested to interview her about her marital status. Slate and the BBC were both happy to assist. All is well now with her Wikipedia page.

Ms. Mandel is in good company: In 2012, Philip Roth, an author, wrote an open letter to Wikipedia. It was published in The New Yorker. This was in order to correct an error about his real-life inspiration.

The incident sounds like a surreal, absurdity-filled event that could have happened in one of her novels. Her novels are often about the daily rhythms cataclysmic phenomena such as time travel, pandemics, Ponzi schemes, fame, and even time travel.

Olive Llewellyn is a character in her latest book The Sea of Tranquility. She is an author whose book on a pandemic is published right before a real pandemic. Ms. Mandel experienced a similar fate with her 2014 novel Station Eleven. This book, which was about the near end of humanity after a deadly pandemic, was published again at the heights of Covid-19. The series was critically acclaimed on HBO Max.

She explained that her experiences were so strange, she decided to write about them.

“I don’t feel like I could have predicted anything. Pandemics happen, and they are terrible. However, it was a surreal and interesting experience to spend so much time travelling and talking about pandemics in service of a book. Then, all of a sudden it became the real deal and we had to compare facts and fiction.

Olive was also created from some of her real-life encounters while on tour with Station Eleven.

It’s great for ninety-nine percent of the time. But if you do hundreds of events, that 1% can add up. I had a bunch of surrealist tours moments that I wanted to write about.

Maybe her encounters with online bureaucracy can be the inspiration for her next book.

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