The Next Big Thing Meme: seer/SUCKER

This and a Dum Dums lollipop.

I was tagged by Ryan Clark for this crazy meme. Mad thanks, although I’m a week late…

1. What is the working title of your next book?

“seer/SUCKER”

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to write improvisational (in the tradition of jazz musicians or david antin, say) works in real emails that I sent directly to friends and family immediately after they were composed, no matter how strange the content.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

hybrid (prose poems and/or flash fictions)

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

THE LIVING

Tila Tequila: herself

Psychic Dermatologist: Geraldine McEwan

Ornette Coleman: himself

Al Gore: Bill Pullman

Hillary Clinton: herself

THE IMAGINARY

The seer/SUCKER: Aaron Paul

King Cialis: Phillipe Nahon

The Anti-Man: Vincent Gallo

The Bag Lady: Meryl Streep

The Street Carp: Lindsay Lohan

Genius: James Franco

Tyranny: Samuel L. Jackson

Pan: Ryan Gosling

Pinocchio: Daniel Tosh

Ms. Pac-Man: Roseanne Barr

My Kimchi: Halle Berry

The Starfucker: Nick Demske

Hamm: George Clooney

The Horror Pornographer: Dick Cheney

King W(h)en: Bryan Cranston

A Hyena: Chris Rock

THE DEAD

played by their ghosts

THE AUTHOR

played by the exhumed corpse of Fatty Arbuckle

ALL OTHER CHARACTERS WILL BE PLAYED BY MAX VON SYDOW

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A collection of wild, syntactically dense or erratic, corrupted-but-visionary writings that cry out to the dead and the imaginary through address to the living.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

No agent or agency. If I can’t find a publisher by the end of 2013, I’m just going to do it myself.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Much of it was written in a six-month burst sending emails every weekday, but it was three years before I had a real manuscript together.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Maybe books like Dear Ra by Johannes Görannson, Discipline by Dawn Lundy Martin, The Book of Interfering Bodies by Daniel Borzutzky, The Cow by Ariana Reines, With Deer by Aase Berg (trans. Görannson), or For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut by Takashi Hiriade (trans. Sawako Nakayasu). These are certainly amazing books–the kinds of books I would want “seer/SUCKER” to be like.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

everything i’ve ever read and every piece of art i’ve seen or heard, including Ornette Coleman, david antin’s i never knew what time it was, Rosmarie Waldrop’s Curves to the Apple, Mei Mei Bersenbrugge’s I Love Artists, Frank O’Hara’s “Personism: A Manifesto,” Radiohead’s IN RAINBOWS, J. G. Ballard’s Crash, David Cronenberg’s Crash, Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary, Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you interest isn’t piqued by now, then I’ve failed again. Blast!

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