‘Fargo’ EP Noah Hawley on works that inform his own writing process

“Fargo” showrunner Noah Hawley lives and works in Austin, Texas, so even before the COVID-19 pandemic caused people to work from home, he was already doing so. “On one level, my life was better prepared for this than others,” he says.

“I had a writers’ room in LA, so the first and third week of the month, I was already zooming in from here.” His 500 square foot bungalow, built separately from his house, is where he wrote “probably every [‘Fargo’] Season 4 ”, as well as his upcoming novel“ Anthem ”.

It also has a space mount bay. When the pandemic hit he realized that he would be taking meetings and attending virtual events and awards shows, in addition to working on the show there, so he upgraded them a bit. things.

“I brought a lot of musical instruments – drums, electric guitar, electric bass, amps – to try and bring play to space, and also play that my kids could do when they are. here, ”he said. said.

Personal psychology
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Hawley draws a lot of inspiration from the writers who came before him in his community, as well as in his family. Her copy of “Freud’s Guide to the Child” combines these two things into one, as it was the first book written by her mother, Louise Armstrong. Published in 1963, this is an illustrated children’s book that explains Odipe’s complex, which, Hawley admits, “was very risky in those days.” His maternal grandmother was also a writer, and Hawley believes it is important to “keep the connection to the writers of my past” nearby.

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Youth escape
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The original scripts for the radio series “The Goon Show” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” invoke certain sounds and always remind Hawley to “expand [his] view ”on what narration can be. This is because in the radio world “you can do anything and you don’t even have to obey the laws of physics”. They also transport him to his childhood. “My dad went to drama school in London and brought back those old ‘Goon Show’ records,” he recalls. “I grew up listening to them. They are very dumb, they made up radio plays with all these different voices and characters. And so, there was something about the way the radio could carry your imagination. He then graduated from “Hitchhiker’s” listening in the 1980s on NPR.

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The deepest meaning
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It’s not always the finished product that intrigues Hawley. While visiting the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Hawley came across a three-page thematic statement for Don DeLillo’s “White Noise,” the first book he can remember that made him want to become a writer. He made copies of the document and framed it for easy reference. The book was something he “picked up right out of high school and I realized for the first time that a novel is not just a story, an adventure; it could be a broad thematic look at our life here on this Earth, ”he says. But the document also offered him insight into the author’s process, which was special in its own way and something Hawley says he didn’t find in other archives.

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Mark the dead
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While Hawley doesn’t keep many copies of his own work (for fear of looking like a hoarder, he laughs), he cherishes the special memories of the set, especially the fedora that his costume designer “Fargo” from the season 4 JR Hawbaker sent him after the show ended. It’s signed by every cast member he’s killed in the season’s scripts, and it’s accompanied by photographs of everyone wearing the hat. “Apparently when I wrote ‘This is Josto’ he came over for his fitting and they put the hat on him and took a picture of him. I absolutely loved it,” said Hawley.