At SFZF 2011, I picked up issues #1 and 2 of Marcos Soriano’s Map of Fog; it immediately made my “faves of the fest” list. Here was a zinester writing about the San Francisco I experienced every day, in all of its entertaining and unapologetic ways. The zine reminded me that this city still had nooks and crannies to explore, every neighborhood held secrets.
to know more about Map of Fog, I got
in touch with Marcos and asked him to discuss his creative process, as well as
the space he works in. Fascinated by artists’ spaces, I couldn’t help but
wonder how Marco’s studio affects the way he works and writes. Graciously, he
showed me both the space where he writes, as well how he approaches a new issue
of Map of Fog.
the type of work that you create, what sorts of things inspire you,
visually speaking? Do you have a favorite genre or artistic time period?
of Fog is a zine about San
Francisco. Photos of the city are a crucial part of the zine; my girlfriend
Tara Donohoe is the photographer. I think she’s got a pretty classic approach
to composition—she often frames shots with a strong sense of line and
movement—and I’m guessing that her eye is influenced by the art history she
studied in school.
do you prefer in your workspace: peace and quiet, or lots of excitement? Does
this affect your workflow?
I’m easily distracted, so
I prefer a workspace with peace and quiet. If I’m trying to work in
an environment that has a lot of peripheral action, it takes me forever to get
anything done. I end up losing my train of thought and getting drawn
into whatever’s going on around me, so I seek out workplaces that offer minimal
distraction. If someone’s having a conversation nearby, I can’t stop
myself from eavesdropping!
do you like about your workspace? Dislike? What would your "ideal
space" look like?
A certain amount of the
work for every issue of Map of Fog
has been carried out at the writing desk in my apartment. When I’m alone
in the apartment, it’s a nice, quiet place to work, relatively free of
distractions. The desk is up against a window to the backyard of the
building I live in; there are birds that fly into the yard to dig for worms or
seeds, and they offer a bit of relief from the work without being so
interesting as to distract me entirely. I can watch them for a few
minutes while I turn a sentence over in my mind, and then get back to writing.
have a complaint about my workspace, it’s that it can be a bit too quiet at
times, to the point of feeling isolated. I find myself wondering
what’s going on in the world outside. I start to worry that
interesting things are happening out there, and I’m missing out.
‘ideal space’ for me would offer a sense of camaraderie without
distraction. The library fits that description, and I do a good
amount of writing there too. But you’re not supposed to drink beer
at the library, and you can’t leave your computer behind while you go to use
the bathroom, either, so the library has its drawbacks too.
Marcos Soriano is the author of the critically acclaimed zine Map of Fog, which explores the city of
San Francisco through a series of first-person accounts. He is a fiction writer
and poet whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Quick Fiction, Fogged Clarity, Word Riot.
In March of 2012 his third issue of Map
of Fog was chosen as a “Top 10 Zine” by Maximum Rock’ n Roll. Descriptions
of his work can be found at steadypress.blogspot.com