WHAT TREES DO YOU PREFER IN THE CENTRE OF BOULEVARDS?
I think I’d have to say Maple trees. They’re exuberant and large. They also align with seasons, so they’re trees that reminds us of time and the inability to stay still.
WHAT TYPE OF READING DO YOU DO ON TRAINS (OR AEROPLANES)?
Depends on the ride. I tend to read poetry when the ride is under 20 minutes, so I’m not interrupted by having to get off at my stop. Anything that’s over 30 minutes, I’m keen to break out a novel or a collection of short stories. I, unfortunately, don’t read a lot of nonfiction or essay collections, so those happen whenever I feel academic. Whatever that truly means.
WHAT BUTTERFLIES DO YOU THINK GIVE THE MOST SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCES?
The Monarch is a classic. And while I wouldn’t necessarily know if it gives the most satisfactory, there is something wonderful when seeing one. Maybe it reminds me of childhood, although, I’m not sure why. Maybe it provides a feeling of whimsy or a classic look at the world that almost feel childlike.
WHAT MOVIE DO YOU WATCH IN SECRET?
First movie that comes to mind is Call Me by Your Name, although, I’m not sure how secretive that is.
WHAT LITERARY WORKS DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST UNDER-RATED?
I don’t know if I consider works “underrated,” given the ties between perception, capitalism, and white privilege, but I want everyone to read more CM Burroughs.
WHAT COLOURS DO MOST FOR YOU AFTER SIX P.M.?
WHAT ANIMALS DO YOU PREFER TO HUMAN BEINGS?
All of them, lol.
WHAT IS THE PRINCIPAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR STATE OF MIND (MOOD) WHEN READING FICTION AND YOUR MIND WHEN READING HISTORY?
Truth be told, I don’t read history. Or, better yet, I don’t have an active or intentional discipline when it comes to history. Growing up, I’ve never been a history buff or social studies buff; both of these subjects gave me the most challenge in school. I think, with history, I feel too pressured to remember things and dates and names and events, and my brain doesn’t work like that—I need a reason to remember besides being told to. I also need an emotional connection to details. Which is why, I think, I enjoy fiction. I’m not forced (mostly) to do the active work of recall since I’m told along the way what’s most important. I read fiction because I love storytelling. I don’t need a mood to read fiction. The urge just comes and I’m glad it does.
CAN YOU HEAR ANYTHING IN A SEASHELL OTHER THAN THE ROAR OF THE OCEAN?
Naw. I wish, though.
WOULD WINGS BE AN IMPROVEMENT FOR THE HUMAN BODY?
I think humans are meant to walk and admire. Wings will disrupt the flow of nature in very upsetting ways.
WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO MOST FREQUENTLY?
R&B by Black women. Favorite song right now is ICU by Coco Jones.
WHAT TWO HISTORICAL CHARACTERS WOULD YOU LIKE TO BRING TOGETHER?
Bisexual icon William Shakespeare and James Baldwin.
WHAT ARTICLE OF CLOTHING DO YOU WISH TO BRING BACK FROM HISTORICAL OBSCURITY?
I think the British Parliament still wears them, but I’d like to go back to a time where everyone in government must wear white wigs.
WHAT BUILDING DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD?
Not big on architecture, but I really love any building with brick. I don’t know why, but something about brick illustrates a certain characteristic that I admire.
WHAT SIZE CITY DO YOU THINK THE MOST DESIRABLE?
Oh, I am so bad at things like space, time, and age—which I loop city sizes into as well. Whatever was Seattle’s size in the early 2000s is probably my most desirable.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE ESSENCE OF FEMININITY?
WHAT WORK FROM A PREVIOUS CENTURY WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE WRITTEN?
Truth be told, none. And not in a “they all sucked,” type of way. I say none because I don’t wish to have written anything someone else wrote. Each writer has their own experiences that are necessary and, not to get so serious, I firmly believe that everything that was written before me, everything that I have encountered made way for me to write what I’m able to write. I dare couldn’t write anything about self-discovery with Toni Morrison’s Sula. I’d be terrified what my work would be if E.M. Forester never wrote Maurice. All the literature before me allowed me to write whatever the hell I want to.
WHAT FORM OF AFTER LIFE — IF ANY — DO YOU ANTICIPATE?
Heaven. Whatever that may mean to whomever is reading this.
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE USED AS A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION IN OUR DOWNTOWN STREETS?
WHAT ARE THE MOST OVER-RATED LUXURIES?
I’m not sure any luxuries are overrated. Who am I to judge what people want and think they deserve materialistically. I do judge by nature, but honestly, I don’t care enough.
WHAT IS THE WILLIAM BLAKE POEM THAT SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART?
I always had a soft spot for “The Chimney Sweeper”: a little black thing among the snow.
WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE ADDED TO THIS INTERVIEW?
Something about smells.
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