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Frederick Reinprecht


First Language(s): German
Second Language(s): English


Frederick Reinprecht currently lives in Graz, Austria, pursuing a degree in English and American Studies at the University of Graz, while working at the Center for Inter-American Studies as a student assistant. His main interests are music, (song-)writing, journalism, American culture and literature.


What was your favorite book as a child?

When I was 13, I read “Vincent” by Joey Goebel, which is the German version of his book “Torture the Artist”. My mom had been reading it, and I kept asking what it was about, and she only said “Just read it, it’s very good. But watch out, it’s a bit sad at times.” It’s still my favorite book to this day.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

The thought “Why not?” kept creeping into my head.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

I could tell you about some travel experience of mine, but… that’s not really me. So this might sound quite boring to other people, but I built a guitar amplifier a while ago. I had never dealt with electronics on that level before, so I was really nervous. Finally, flicking the main switch to “ON”, the pilot light turning red, watching as the tubes began to glow in this strange orange and blueish color, listening as the low and static hum slowly built — it was amazing. I had no idea if it would work or not, but it did. It sounded incredible, at least for two and a half minutes until the fuse blew and the entire house went dark. Worth it. I fixed it, it’s all good now.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

No. Many ideas for stories pop into my head when I listen to music, but I can’t really write or read while listening. I find it too distracting.


Flash Nonfiction
The Bassman
Issue Fall '20

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz