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.
What are your main ‘outlets’ for writing? (social media, poetry, fiction…whatev else)
Paper! i use twitter to remember silly phrases, turns of concept and ideas when i don’t have paper and pen. i have recently learned how to twirl a pen around my thumb. i use twitter most often because i have playful ideas to share. creativity cannot flourish without playfulness. some corners of twitter are a positive and loving place to be. with patient, lucky magnetism, one can recognize large numbers of people operating within their highest capacities of self. when we are on good behavior we are more likely to wrest free of boring ideas.
Noticed that you have an active favstar presence. what do you think makes a good twitter feed?
New, unfamiliar thoughts.
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?
I never draft and i loathe schedules. i don’t try at twitter because i am busy living out the ass of my insane life. compared to the day, twitter is a pithy demented runoff. sometimes it is quite enjoyable. when i see accounts that are trying it is obvious to me and sad. i would rather read banal tweets about next to nothing than witness [trying and therefore failing] to perfect a brand or formula. you can almost hear the squish of their poor brain while it struggles to contrive every last word. i am being mean; working within such confine is craft as well, but we are already confined by our bodies and our minds.
I also think people are thieving incorrectly. they are stealing too much. you should only steal a little! steal the folds in the fabric, not the pattern, not the material. steal the warmth and the sheen. steal the look that gets the touch.
Which Twitter accounts are the most interesting to you?
I love Bots. one of my favorite bots is this home safety updates bot. it is exceedingly entertaining. I have been accused of being a bot more than once. those were good moments. as far as not bots, Mansuit and snowdrift were the best accounts to me but they are gone now. i looked up to them.
Prince stolas has brought me much enjoyment, as has donni. i have always felt very close to donni in aesthetic and i look up to donni like an illegal guardian. kbridge often has just the right amount of bizarre aloofness, like an the shadow breath of an invisible arrow. tinynietsche and leifromlohi (ed. note: ???) are fantastic. cakemittens helps me more than i am able to comprehend.
My other favorites are too numerous to begin, and i don’t know very many accounts anyway! come on!
What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past week or so? (book, article, tumblr, whatev)
I may read 1,000 things in an week and they could all be worthless. either way, one week is a short time to stew on anything. tbh I have thought about Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky at least 3 times a week for 9 years. its one of the funniest books i’ve ever read in my life.
I think about Solzenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago every day without fail all the time forever. that one isn’t funny at all.
What indie authors/artists are you really ‘into’ right now?
Many. (the artists) i am into are so indie that they are dead. but so everyone reading this may try their hand at truly maintaining their mental health, i emphatically recommend the music of Hildegard von Bingen and Sylvius Leopold Weiss.
Hildegard von Bingen is the one true witch. she wrote scientific texts in the ten & eleven hundreds while she was an head nun at an abbey. She sustained “visions from god” her entire life and wrote a ton of hour-long morality plays set to music. Listen to her twice a week.
Sylvius Leopold Weiss was a thuringian (lol) lutenist during the baroque era. He was friends with J. S. Bach and they would often drink together late at night. He composed like 650 pieces for the lute. Weiss’s music is far easier and natural on the ear: he was not a living nightmare freak like Bach. His music is calm and dope. Listen to him twice a week.
Also there was an album released last year, a collection of duets by Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, entitled “Clychau Dibon.” Find it and listen to it now!! It will put faeries in your heart.