photo : Amanda Robertson-Hebert
interview : Jennifer Link
Dylan Madeley is the copy editor for Auxiliary Magazine and a frequent contributor. He conducts interviews and writes articles for Auxiliary as well as contributing his writing talents to additional copy and introductions throughout each issue. He brings several years of experience covering the Toronto dark alternative scene with toronto-goth.com and reviewing books for Morbid Outlook. He also makes a hobby of travel and concert photography. Having participated fruitfully in National Novel Writing Month for five consecutive years, he spends some of his efforts attempting to transform novelism from a hobby to a career.
What do you do at Auxiliary Magazine?
I am a copy editor and also a writer.
How did you join the magazine?
I found an Auxiliary Magazine table at the Bazaar of the Bizarre, a seasonal indoor alternative marketplace in Toronto. I gave them my business card. It actually took a couple of tries, because I recall later on being reintroduced to the editors by a mutual friend while at [FAT] Fashion Alternative Week in Toronto and having another go at joining. They were interested in my skills as an interviewer, and I had plenty of samples to give them. It all went pleasantly from there.
With a passion for travel and concert photography and a passion for writing, if you had to choose, which method do you prefer as a means of expression?
I feel much more serious as a writer and I feel more likely to communicate an intended message using words. I have a more complete skill set when it comes to writing, while at this point in my life photography is something I do mostly for fun and experience.
Do you think that the written word is just as important as an image?
I like the written word because I readily took to it as a form of expression in my youth, whereas I had a frustrating time with visual arts until I tried photography. I also place a great value on writing when it comes to keeping histories and traditions. For example, I have been challenged while researching some ancient European cultures for a novel idea because these particular cultures did not develop literacy until much later in history. What I have found instead are conflicting accounts from two different Roman writers, each of whom sought political gains from the opposite portrayals they were making. If you don’t write about your thoughts, thought processes, or values, you leave it to others to interpret how you live. They may not be as interested in how you see your world, or accuracy in general. In contrast, we not only have plenty of visual art to give us ideas about how Ancient Greece or Rome looked, and how people looked and dressed. We have surviving texts, like preserved thoughts. They help us understand the mindset and the values of the time.