Interview with Writer Paul Levinson (Twitter Short Story)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?

Paul Levinson: About saving some of the books that were destroyed when the Ancient Library of Alexandria was burned. Some historians regard this as the worst intellectual disaster in history – as many as 750,000 volumes were lost, some were unique copies, including the only copies of about 50% of Aristotle’s work. Sierra Waters goes back from the mid-21st century in an attempt to stop this.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

time travel

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

saving history

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

“It’s Only Love” by the Beatles.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to imagine would it take to save some of the ancient library.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

John F. Kennedy

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

music and television

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

it seemed like a great idea

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

don’t let anything get in the way of your writing – ignore all the good reasons not to write


performed by Kate Fenton


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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