Oral Histories

Interview of Erik Kristman

Graduate of UCLA and writer.
COVID project
COVID-19 Pandemic
Biographical Note:
Graduate of UCLA and writer.
Collings, Jane
Kristman, Erik
Persons Present:
Kristman and Collings
Place Conducted:
Because of the necessity of restricting personal contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, the interview was conducted via phone.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Jane Collings, interviewer and series coordinator, UCLA Center for Oral History Research; Ph.D., Critical Studies in Film and Television, UCLA.
Processing of Interview:
The transcript is a verbatim transcription of the recording as transcribed by a machine transcribing program and audit-edited by student staff. The interviewee was given an opportunity to review the transcript but made no corrections or additions.
1.5 hrs
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews that reflect the experiences and the thoughts of members of the UCLA campus community on the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic . A number of Angelenos from the broader LA community participated in the project as well. Because of stipulations in legal agreements and other reasons, some oral histories in this series cannot be made available on line but are available on site at the UCLA Library. Please contact the Library Special Collections reference desk for further information.
First learning about COVID-19--Impact of COVID-19 on work--Navigating unemployment--Moving from New York to California--Experience in New York early in shutdown--Concern for father’s health--Friends disregarding COVID-19 guidelines--Mother’s experience as a hospital administrator--Helping parents navigate getting vaccinated--More on moving from New York to California--Living in remote desert town Pioneertown, CA--Ongoing lack of faith in institutions--Privilege and politics of peers--Precarity of financial infrastructure--Presidential election, Black Lives Matter protests, and outlook on societal change--More on precarity of financial infrastructure--Compounding crises--Working on novel about his time at UCLA, defined by two violent events—Sense of urgency about leaving a mark on the world--Compares the pandemic to a hallucinogenic experience