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in this video i answer questions that dan suarez sent me

i sit in my car in an atlanta parking garage & on my sunny porch

i walk around my neighborhood & lie down on my couch

i talk about reading, writing, nature, & movies

initially i recorded long responses to all of his questions, then i realized how many times i said ‘um’ & how i wanted to make the response more concise altogether, so i rerecorded

hope you enjoy it :)<3

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dave wright asks me impromptu questions about my book while gold panda’s “you”, nosaj thing ft toro y moi’s “try”, & forest fire’s “i make windows” play in the background

dave hospitably let me, alexandra naughton, jesse prado (who, with alexandra, was on a poetry tour), & daniel daws stay at his house in dickson, tennessee after a reading we all had in nashville

in the interview i end up talking about poetry, san francisco, buddhism, etc.

i usually type out my favorite quotes from interviews i do with others, but, since this is me answering questions, i’ll let you choose your own (if you end up having any lol)

thanks for watching // thanks to dave for the thoughtful q’s



jayinee basu & i used to frequent some of the same get-togethers in san francisco & a handful of times i went to her apartment that she shared with ian aleksander adams, nick rutkaus, & perhaps a few other people,  where among other things they’d have movie nights (i distinctly remember watching ‘the fly’ there) in their backyard, which had fruit trees & lots of space & which was located in a pretty prime spot in the mission district

jayinee is finishing a book of poems called Asuras (forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015) & besides writing poems she writes some of my favorite facebook statuses

she’s also currently a pre-med student

in the video she responds to my questions in a mosquito-heavy forest, in a swimming pool, in multiple shirts, in torrential ‘hot’ rain, in a bed

here are some of my favorite moments:

"When I’m studying for a test in physics, for the rest of the week I’ll see the world in vectors"

"I have really lame taste in music. I mainly just listen to what’s available to me, which is like the 7 songs I have on my phone, & whatever songs I’ve stolen from other people"

"I like other really dancey music, which is ironic because I really don’t like dancing."

"My relationship with the internet is like my relationship with paper in general - it’s like this flat space that’s begging to be filled in. I kind of have a hard time existing in 3D space […], but I really like writing & drawing, because I only have to deal with two axes. The internet’s like that - it’s flattened. Even time-based things like talking to people online; you can take your time & don’t have to fill the empty spaces in conversations with crap. I also have a really bad memory, so it’s a good way to collect & store things to look back on."

"I feel like more of a functional human being on the internet than I do in real life"

"My approach to writing is a lot like tracking an animal"

"Sometimes I’ll go on Wikipedia & press random because I want something to think about that isn’t totally self-absorbed"



nicholas spence wrote the book urananimal—a book written during nicholas’ time as a gypsy moth trapper—released by DIG THAT BOOK

dig that book is run by dave wright, who sent me a video response a couple weeks ago

apparently nicholas & dave live on the same street in tennessee

in this video nich says he loves music but hardly listens to it - he prefers talk radio & watching documentaries. he tells us why he’s been infatuated by architecture since he was very young, about his enjoyment of twitter’s 140 character limit, his visual experimentation with poetry, his love for frank stanford, etc 

here are my favorite moments: 

"I am notorious for talking to myself outloud when I am alone"

"When I was a kid I used to sit on the sidewalk & stare down & just imagine that the whole world was concrete."

"Architecture is one of the highest forms of art, because you have this work of art that can house life & is meant to be used. The art has a literal buzzing & hum of the people inside it going about their lives, putting their art to use"

"There’s so much I would not know today if it wasn’t for the internet"

"Most of my spare time is spent watching random documentaries. The most random thing I can find - I’ll watch a documentary on it"




caleb made an ebook of 100 image micros called I SAY THESE THINGS TO YOU, as well as a tumblr by the same name 

he also wrote the ebooks American Paranoid Restaurant, This Is Not the End, & Life Is Fragile, Blah Blah Blah

in the video he speaks about, for I SAY THESE THINGS TO YOU, how all the content originated with him - the pictures, the condensed or otherwise selected tweets - unlike flarf, but how he wanted the imagemacros to exhibit a similar immediate, ‘aggressively spontaneous’ aesthetic as flarf:

"Hopefully this gives it sincerity & artifice simultaneously."




i sent timmy some Qs & he typed up some As

then he realized i had said ‘video response’ so he made a video

fortunately he didn’t simply just read his answers in the video - he let it be more natural/spontaneous

timmy speaks about his book TELL GOD I DON’T EXIST, which essentially arose out of his mfa thesis

the book consists primarily of micro-stories that, to timmy, touch on ‘the big questions’ via very brief moments

in the video, he expresses his love for RUSSELL EDSON (by far one of my favorite writers) & SLICK RICK

& if i’m not mistaken, he’s in a red onesie the whole time

here are some of my favorite moments:

(in response to ‘how would you describe your approach to writing?’) “‘Approach’ makes it seem like we’re going to a mountain, and that’s not the way writing feels to me”

"It’s all improvisation, right? Even the editing"

"I remember getting, for Christmas as a kid […] in my stocking I got a boombox & […] The Fat Boys, & DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper.”

"I hate telling people who my ‘favorite’ anything is because it always changes my opinions on everything"

"Like, when I talk to people, I’d like to sound like Slick Rick, & when I do readings I’d like to sound like Slick Rick instead of myself"

"You ever go to the awesome party & you’re at the awesome party & you get stuck in a conversation with a bunch of people who just keep talking about how awesome the party is, & you’re kinda like, ‘Shut up, you’re ruining it. Don’t talk about the party while you’re in the party […] That’s how I feel about the internet"


'the puffy chair' by the duplass brothers // 2005


'the puffy chair' is considered 'mumblecore'

in the ‘alt lit’ community, many ppl may have heard this term via tao lin & megan boyle’s 2011 documentary-style film of the same name (if not otherwise)

as an independent film subgenre, mumcor cropped up around 2005, w/ adherents who seem to emphasize lowbudget, improvisation, ‘mundane’ settings, awkward humor, ‘nerdy’ relationships, imperfect main characters, etc

i must say i’ve enjoyed every film considered ‘mumblecore’ that i’ve watched

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Alexandra Naughton Self-branding.
Michael Hessel-Mial also, the resurgence of lyric / lyric voice as a way for making cool poetry
Tom Hinton The emergence of the ALT LIT GOSSIP (SPREAD) facebook group
Jakob Maier its been interesting to read articles about how internet usage can potentially lead to a loss of happiness or even depression, and see how prevalent that is in a lot of people’s writing. “seems bleak” etc. etc.
Breanna Cecilia Hawkins im in it for the chapbooks
Andy O’Leary folks who write like five-year olds just for the sake of writing like five-year olds because it’s “anti-establishment” or something
Timmy Reed I think the concept of the internet/search engines like Google have become a collective brain. I see how this effects my own memory all the time. Now we do not need to remember details anymore because they are always a fingertip away. We can just tell someone to “google it” and they can learn from your original sources. This has also had a major effect on the size of what used to be my “reference book” shelf, which is sad because I still love reference books (they serve a useful organizational/curatorial role that the open-endedness of a search engine will never have in the same way.)
Angela Shier Subcultures ahhh so many subcultures are born/grow on the Internet 
Angela Shier I’m all about studying subcultures
Emily Louise Church i wrote my final year thesis/dissertation on internet subcultures, they are the best
Steve Roggenbuck the potential to build an audience for yourself thru sheer will and drive, not being limited by editors as gatekeepers 

its more about what readers actualy like to read, and which writers work the hardest at conecting with their audience, helping their audience if they’re having a bad day, providing value to theire audience

overall its more about value as experienced by the actual reader, not about what an editor thinks is valuable for readers.
Dianna Dragonetti the pervasiveness of convolution and delusion
Dan Holloway the way those who live offline are effectively rendered identity-less.
James Ganas i think the internalization of (nearly) every moment in life as something re-producible/shareable through social media does and/or will have a major psychological impact. looking at everything through a mirror
Tiffany Wines i genuinely treasure every single friend i’ve made
Janey Smith i feel like putting yourself on tv and making yourself a commercial are the best kinds of art but i can’t understand why everyone’s so poor and going to school costs so much and why simply changing the tax code to make redistribution more fair doesn’t happen but it’s nice to be on tv and i make a lot of friends that way
Chris Pullman its realness. its permanence. its truth.

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