Sanja Grozdanic, Writer & Editor
'Independent, ambitious and gracefully impolite' is the KRASS line. As co-founder and editor, Sanja Grozdanic is all that and more (and, we would argue, nice as hell). This woman has her priorities set - we love the way she sees the world - and some amazing things ahead.
What do you do?
I’m a writer / the co-founder, editor of KRASS Journal.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
This changes often. I’m currently reading David Wonjnaworicz’s Close to the Knives, and this I underlined: “I’ll never shake the hand of someone I might be fighting against in war time”. Integrity, etc.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
A mother who bought me books – a generous English teacher – a loathed law degree.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
This makes me nervous to answer. I’m working on a more personal, longer-form piece of writing. I’m playing with an idea involving video. That one will involve a lot of learning, so we will see how and when it comes together.
Who would you most like to answer these questions next?
My #1 icon Rihanna <3 I’m going to go see that film she’s in that I don’t care about just to catch a GLIMPSE of her.
What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?
What would you like to eat today?
What is your dream project?
Working with people that I admire, with enough money to pay rent and eat the good spaghetti.
Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?
I was in my early twenties when I discovered Doris Lessing, and I felt that she understood the entire world and articulated it beautifully. I recently saw Erykah Badu perform and the experience offered me an alternative view on ageing. I’d like to age like Erykah – where you acquire only wisdom, no bitterness. I’m … working on it.
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
Yes – beginning with my mother.
Where do you live?
London via Adelaide via the former Yugoslavia.
How can we find our more about your work?
Perhaps Instagram? @sanjagrozdanic – I’ll make a website, eventually.
What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?
I cannot run. At best, I can walk with a nervous energy. I read Culture of Narcissism once and the part I remember with the most clarity is the part in which Christopher Lasch delivers a series of sweeping statements dismissing all sport as, essentially, a dumb endeavor. I like this because it absolves me of my laziness. I also know the self- delusion is a fundamental biological principle, and I’d probably be a better person if I ran, but I just won’t.
What places are important to you?
I know it’s fashionable these days to say you like the country – suggestive of a particular depth or peace of mind, but frankly, I am not a nature girl. I like the rush of cities. If I’m sad in London, I like sitting on the train and seeing all the different people getting on and off, each with their unique and utterly irrelevant set of sadnesses, just like my own. I walk a lot, it is my ideal leisure time.
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
I don’t know – I probably have some mild form of oppositional defiant disorder – it would be best that I never received any advice at all. Most of the advice I received was sound. I followed so little of it.
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
Down with unpaid internships! Labour is labour is labour and it deserves compensation. Unless it’s a non-for-profit, or someone with integrity, you’re being played and playing yourself.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Quay Dash, reading Edouard Glissant. I thoroughly recommend both.