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.
do you consider yourself a ‘writer’ or ‘artist’ or what?
i guess both. i call myself an artist sometimes but the main kind of art i make is writing
what place is your first impulse to write something? like do you go to twitter first or a random Word doc or a blog?
depends on the type of idea i have. most often i have ideas for tweets. i would say my inspiration for tweets is like 3-10x as common as my inspiration for poems or essays
do you feel like you try ‘hard’ at twitter (like you have a lot of drafts and schedule stuff) or that it just kinda happens?
mostly it just happens. if i think too hard it ends up not being funny. i dont keep drafts
do you feel like you could do the tweet book again? like a sequel?
yeah in a few years probably
do you still update the mira_crying acct pretty regularly? your inclusion of some of those tweets was one of the more ‘moving’ parts of the book i think
damn thanks. i dont update it anymore. i stopped updating it once i got over the bad relationship/break up that account was helping me cope with. ive had other secret accounts since then
what twitter accts are the most interesting to you?’
the accounts of ex-boyfriends who i unfollowed but still lurk, probably
what’s the best thing you’ve read in the past week or so? (book, article, tumblr, whatev)
i’ve been playing animal crossing: happy home designer pretty much nonstop. i like reading what the characters in that game have to say
what indie authors/artists are you really ‘into’ right now, if any?
darcie wilder, david fishkind, audrey wollen, molly soda, sarah jean alexander, melissa broder, spencer madsen, chelsea martin, chloe caldwell, elizabeth ellen, michael kimball, a lot of other ppl im forgetting