The L Mag Questionnaire for Writer Types: Anthony McCann

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02/16/2011 12:22 PM |


Today, our semi-regular Questionnaire for Writer Types spotlights Anthony McCann, whose new collection, I [Heart] Your Fate, is forthcoming. He’ll read (alongside Matthew Rohrer) on Friday night at the Multifarious Array series at Pete’s Candy Store.

For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
Once I received this text message!

“You manage to make the thingness of bodies and language so palpable without it feeling objective or flat or disassociated, which may sound obvious, but I actually find quite rare and so lovely. Dare I say sacred? Yes I do, I did! Anyway I wanted to tell you that. Enjoy the dampness of the morning.”

I was very pleased. 🙂

What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers’ lives for the better?
I’ve been reading Jack Spicer relentlessly for months. I’ve always dug him, but lately the effect he’s had on me has been of the order this question seems to be pointing towards.

Whose ghostwritten celebrity tell-all (or novel) would you sprint to the store to buy (along with a copy of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius so that the checkout clerk doesn’t look at you screwy)?
Donald Rumsfeld.

Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
I like to eat. I get very grumpy if I’m hungry. I’ve certainly been broke. But then I’d get a job in a restaurant. That way you get fed at least once a day. Even if it is tempeh. (For some reason back in the day I only got hired at health food/veggie kind of places.)

What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
In a poem.

Have you ever written anything that you’d like to take back?