I started reading up on Patrick Steadman when all that ‘weird Facebook’ stuff went down a few weeks ago and Austin told me to look up BestStoriesOnline.com, which seems like the next ViralNova if we’re all being honest. Anyway, Patrick is a writer and a programmer and is thinking about innovative stuff in the literature space.
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— Josh Spilker+ (@joshspilkerplus) October 29, 2015
When people ask me about the future of poetry or fiction or literature, I always “status update lit.” It’s probably annoying, but it’s also funny to me how foreign this seems to be to people, how our literary soothsayers still want to fit everything into essays or poetry or short stories, when there’s a completely different form exploding in our faces everyday. And it’s not going away.
One of the more recent and notable books was written by Mira Gonzalez and Tao Lin called ‘Selected Tweets‘ which came out earlier this year from Hobart. I wrote many thoughts about the book here and Mira was gracious enough to answer a few quick questions.
This is the person Carl Aagesen who has an interesting Twitter feed (@totallymoon) and he lives in Chicago I think.
Do you consider yourself a ‘writer’ or ‘artist’ or what?
I rarely consider any of that. i am simply compelled to DO things. i feel cursed to do the things i do regardless of how i choose to identify. i was writing often by the age of six, when i broke a bone for the first time. i have broken nine since. i broke my rib when i was thirteen and had to sit mostly upright in a bed for three weeks, not allowed to laugh. that is when i first started to write bad poetry. personal injury, powerlessness and spiritual trauma have always informed and motivated my work in whatever medium it occurs. a lot of my work has been egregious and a lot of my work has been tolerable. some of it might have been good, but that’s no accident: i am fortunate to have had a lot of time to practice and figure things out. to me the word artist is rarely applicable today. i am afraid the trees of work bear little fruit. i see little painstake or effort. we practice many arts, as much as some people whom also practice some arts some of the time. when i do consider how to identify myself in my heart i settle on reader, because i read more than i have done anything else, more than eating, sleeping, walking or talking. i don’t know anyone who reads more than i do because they are busy reading and not knowing me. i think a lot, but usually in circles and i don’t get as far as i’d like. i don’t count thinking as a discipline since i’m a fool and an idiot. i also laugh a lot, mostly at the misfortune of others brought about by their own completely preventable thoughts and actions. on an whole i find most things either radical or radically perverse, but to discuss art is almost pejorative to me while we are still rooted in this undeniably satanic excuse for civilization.
kept thinking ‘should i name my next novel Pulp Fiction 2’ while washing yogurt from a small spoon
— Josh Spilker+ (@joshspilkerplus) October 3, 2015
Hey, EE Scott does some writing and helps out with Boost House. Find her on Twitter or don’t.
Do you consider yourself a ‘writer’?
ugh, this question is not a fun time for me hehe. i mean, okay so yeah i’m a ‘writer’ or something like that, i sometimes write creative things and more often write boring ass non-creative things. more often than writing i am reading or editing or working as a volunteer receptionist at an acupuncture clinic where i like to watch people dream with needles in them, or i am working some sort of food service industry job where i tend to do well for myself as i am good at appealing to middle class white people and convincing them to give me their money (this is a very handy skill i have!). i would i say i probably identify more as a do-er of these various things than i do as a ‘writer,’ but idk, identity is a hard thing, mostly i think i would prefer to not identify as anything at all?