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Emily Turnage

Posted in interviews, music, news, update with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2013 by intoviews

what is your name?
Emily Turnage
how would you describe what you do?
I’m a singer/songwriter
what are you currently working on?
I’m working on my solo career, writing new songs, recording and just getting my name out there
what has had the greatest influence on your work?
It’s changed so much throughout the years, in the beginning it was family and family friends who all enjoyed music and played it together at gatherings, then I started to really appreciate certain musicians and the music they made, how you could relate what they were saying to their personal lives. I wanted to do the same, because I wasn’t the biggest talker, so it was my means of communicating in my own way.
what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
I honestly couldn’t think of an answer for this one
what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

The strengths, is that I can make enough music with just the guitar and my voice to entertain a crowd for a number of hours, and the setting and packing up isn’t too bad. But the weakness is that it’s easier to focus on your voice when it’s the only thing your using, playing guitar at the same time while singing can take away from that focus, and also, you can only do so much with just a guitar and your voice
how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
I haven’t experimented with technology quite yet (it’s a little pricey in this field), but I like to keep it simple anyway. My next purchase WILL be a loop pedal. You can record your voice or guitar and then keep it playing while you can add to it, which means you can layer upon layer your musical creations. Sounds like fun to me!

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Appreciate everything you have but don’t sell yourself short. Demand what you deserve.
and just be nice. All the time. It’s contagious

where can we find you online?
www.facebook.com/emilyturnagemusic
www.reverbnation.com/emilyturnage
what are you reading at the moment?
Oh goodness why did you have to ask that? The second book in the Twilight series, New Moon
what are you listening to at the moment?
My sister planning out her errands tomorrow with my brother and her husband. Includes Sam’s Club and Staples. Wish I could go…
anything else we should know?
I play at Ruby’s Elixir every Monday night. You should come out. Ladies get their first glass of wine for free. Gets kinda crazy

Meredith Yayanos

Posted in art, film, interviews, music, news, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by intoviews

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What is your name?
O HAI! I’m Meredith Yayanos. How are YOU?

How would you describe what you do?
Lots of music, words, and imagery. Most of the stuff I make and do ends up being conversational and collaborative in nature. From 2007 – 2012, I was devoted to an online/print venture called Coilhouse Magazine with co-founding creator, publisher and partner Nadya Lev, as well as many other wonderful weirdos. It was, and remains, “A Love Letter to Alternative Culture”. The project’s on hiatus for now, but <CHEERFULPLUG> you can download all six of our print issues as free PDFs at the archival website, and the blog also contains thousands of entries on a wide variety weird and beautiful and funny topics. </CHEERFULPLUG> These days, I’ve gone back to making music pretty much full time; I play violin and theremin and sing. Score films. Oh! And recently I’ve started dabbling in making pretentious artsy fartsy films of my own. That’s been fun.

What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up the final leg of production of an album of “haunted chamber music” by The Parlour Trick, my duo with fellow multi-instrumentalist Dan Cantrell. Ghostly, modern classical/aggro-ambient instrumentals. Piano, violin, theremin, musical saw, witchy vocals, harpsichord, celeste, pump organ, electronics, etc. Right now the project’s badass designer, Star St. Germain (who also worked on Coilhouse!) and I are sussing out all of the packaging for the Parlour Trick CDs and vinyl, which should hopefully go to press and be available for sale shortly. Meantime, on my lonesome, I’m devoting the bulk of my time to various aspects of reward fulfillment for the hundreds of Kickstarter backers who chipped in to get the album and related materials funded. (Any of you guys reading? You know who you are! HAY. I LURVE YOO. SORRY IT’S TAKING SO LONG.) You can buy the music digitally on Bandcamp. I’m also about to shoot a second Parlour Trick music video in New Zealand with my sweetheart, Madeleine Ledespencer, and a bunch of amazing folks we know from the Weta / Wellywood film industry. I seriously have no idea WTF I’m doing, yet. But I’m excited!

What is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
Oof… I guess it’d be that lot of people think I’m an extrovert. I’m really not. Actually, I’m an extremely shy, anxious person. Always have been. I started performing on stages in front of people when I was five. Then and now, I’m terrified of crowds and exposure. You’re basically talking to an introvert who, at some point, somehow managed to convince herself and everyone else otherwise by developing halfway-adequate social skills. (Related: I’ve had a solo music project in the works called “The Ever Present Tense” for well over fifteen years now. It’s like this hideously sparkly paste-jewel-encrusted lithopedion baby cataloging my various neuroses, including GAD, PTSD, and BDD. Woohooo, partaaaay. Sure to be an instant classic.)962839_10201112870372994_1252226957_n

What do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
The allure of wordplay, yum yum. There’s that delicious brainmeat frission that happens when you read or craft just the right turn of phrase. But the medium has its weaknesses, too, in that words… well, they fail. A lot. Words fail me every day. All the time. Because they put me at a remove from more atavistic sensations, connections, communications. Which is why I love music so much– the ribcage-expanding, gut-and-capillary level reaction it can trigger. Music is my magick. Also, the visual resonance of art and design: when I lean both my body and my brain into a piece of music… I see landscapes and I feel textures. And then that’s when the most unfailing words come– stories that have steeped in sounds and images.

How has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Immensely. In too many ways to count. Coilhouse Magazine couldn’t have existed without the global network we all built together online, and the kinship that sprang up from it. More generally, I’d say that many of the most wonderful collaborators I’ve worked with, across multiple mediums, are thanks to BBSs and chat rooms, and later on, social networking sites like Livejournal, Twitter, Tumblr. Every day, no matter where I am in the world, I can interface with authors, fashion photographers, editors, musicians, and filmmakers… all thousands of miles away. With a good pair of headphones and an Apogee One, I can (and have) recorded full-length film scores on my laptop in the midst of traveling internationally. I’m about to email this interview to you while I’m at ten-thousand feet in an airplane. I have cherished loved ones that I’ve never met face to face, and it’s a non-issue, because we’ve found ways to share our art. This world, and my subsequent work, is largely post-geographical, and I find that miraculous.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
The world can be brutal and unyielding. Please don’t let that take your luminosity away. Stay open. Stay kind. Stay grateful. Cherish yourself and cherish your loved ones. It’s good to be gentle, and it’s okay to yield. Do not be afraid to work veryveryeveryhard for a longlonglongtime on whatever it is that you love without receiving any validation or reassurance from outside sources. Just enjoy the adventure and rise to meet the challenge of the work itself. Don’t waste time worrying about what anyone else is going to think about the work you do, because it’s really none of your business. Most importantly, stop waiting for someone else to give you permission to be who you want to be, or to do what you dream of doing. And finally… regret is okay, and remorse is often warranted. But shame? Shame is bullshit. Shame is a colossal waste of life, so please, PLEASE work to find ways to regularly unpack whatever shame you have accrued. Pull it out of yourself, somehow, and burn it. Dance around that fire until it dies down, and then walk away.

Where can we find you online?
http://theparlourtrick.bandcamp.com/
twitter.com/theremina
theremina.tumblr.com/

What are you reading at the moment?
If music is my magick, then reading is my ritual! “The John Varley Reader” (a great collection of his short stories spanning thirty years), “Gun Machine” by Warren Ellis (relentlessly badass), “The People’s Guide to Los Angeles” by Laura Barraclough, Wendy Cheng, and Laura Pulido (highly recommended for anyone who’s curious about the invisible underpinnings of that city, both structurally and culturally) Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 (gobsmacking!), and, most affectingly, the first 200 pages of a novel-in-progress by a very brilliant friend. Re-reading, actually, multiple times a month, as the working draft evolves. Watching this story grow from the ground up is easily one of the most spellbinding and nourishing experiences I’ve ever had, or ever will.

What are you listening to at the moment?
On heavy rotation this week: Sun Ra’s “Space is the Place”, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 In E Minor (Kalichstein Laredo Robinson Trio recording), Sibylle Baier, Gazelle Twin, K. Flay, Cabaret Voltaire, Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”, Goblin, Clint Mansell’s score for “Stoker”.

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Anything else we should know?
Yes. Please, please support the artists who make the songs and stories and pictures and dance and theatre that move you. If you appreciate their art, and you can afford to do so, please *buy* that art. But even if you can’t afford to buy their work, then talk about it, share it, celebrate it in some fashion that respects and values the artist as well as the art. Give them credit. Say their names.

Mild Maynyrd

Posted in interviews, music, news, update with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by intoviews

me3 What is your name?
Mild Maynyrd.  Pronounced like that singer guy from that one band.  My government name is Dan Black.
How would you describe what you do?
I’m an artist.  I express myself.  I write, I paint/draw, I take photos, I dance (none of which well)… but for the purposes of this conversation let’s focus on music, eh?  When it comes to music I am a producer and instrumentalist of all shapes and sizes.  I take snippets from all across the musical landscape and mash them together to create a sound that, hopefully, is a good representation of me.
What are you currently working on?
Mostly a new record that is the complete and utter opposite of the last LP I made.  But I’m also doing a few other things: I’ve got some beats I’m making for a few different rappers, I’m working on a little children’s music, and I’ve got a bizarre cover I’m doing.  I’m also always working on becoming a better turntablist – there’s a lot to be desired there – by spinning records in my basement.
What has had the greatest influence on your work?
It’s cliché I know, but what I currently perceive as my Earthly existence.  Everything I have done.  Every person I have met.  The places I have been.  The things I’ve been through.  The articles I read.  The art I consume.  The way the wind blows, the color of the skies.  The buildings and the train tracks.  The trees and the rivers and the stars.  Every flicker of electricity inside my head, a result of some form of sensory perception.me2
What is the greatest misconception about your work?
I don’t know specifically about my stuff, but I will say for musicians that do something similar to what I do the greatest misconception is that it is easy.  I can’t believe we haven’t reached a point yet where we consider a turntable an instrument or sampling an art form.  Dictionary.com states an instrument is: “a contrivance or apparatus for producing musical sound.”  When one uses a turntable, he/she uses both hands to manipulate the device for pitch, tone, speed, and inflection the exact same way one does with a harp, or set of drums.  I can say first hand, it is not easy.  Perceptions on sampling though I think are starting to change.  Because what people are realizing is how different Oneohtrix Point Never samples from Jake One, who samples very differently from Flying Lotus.  It’s actually amazing how quickly a distinct sound begins to take shape once the process has been done multiple times.  A great example of this is that challenge where producers are given one record, the same record, to sample with and what comes out is always extremely different than the next person.  I find it fascinating that I can sample a Delta-Blues song from 1928 and it’s got the same feel as a track that samples a Hardcore song from the early 2000s.
What do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
The main strength of music – especially instrumental music – is how universal it is.  An interesting melody is an interesting melody no matter what type of artificial barriers (be it class, gender, racial, nationalistic) have been set between us.  Music is one of the hammers, one of the main hammers, that can knock those walls down.  Instrumental music can be difficult for people to wrap their heads around though.  One of my friends was telling me one time how his nephew was baffled when he came over to his house and he had on music with no singing, and how he would never listen to anything without any singing.  It can be hard to break through that mindset.  I think instrumental music is difficult to wrap one’s head around because it isn’t necessarily providing a clear context.  It can be like watching a very obtuse art film that doesn’t exactly state its intentions to the viewer.  It exists in an undefined place.  The listener (or viewer) needs to fill in the gaps a little, which is great if the listener is willing to take that leap: they can create all sorts of contexts.  Maybe some people are creating a context for the song through the eyes of the perceived musician, others are perhaps applying context to their own lives, and still others maybe are applying a context devoid of the listener or creator’s lives, or no one’s lives at all.
How has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Greatly.  I don’t know if I would be able to do what I do without the technology of the past 10 years alone.  First of all, we live in this miraculous world where for a few hundred USD anyone can have a very decent, easy to use, home studio to write, arrange, record, mix, and master music in.  That is a powerful concept; I think it ties to how in the second decade of Century 21 so many talented people are making so much wonderful music without any sort of rules or guidelines.  Experimentation can really flourish when you’re not paying the same amount of money just for an hour’s worth of studio time.  The other technology for musicians is obviously the Internet.  I don’t want to get to into that because I’m sure there have been Master’s theses on the subject that blow away anything I have to say about out of the water.  I will say for me personally the Internet is responsible for hooking me up with the guys, and girls, I make music with: the wonderful people of Black Lantern Music.  And without them I would not have taken what I (currently) do to the next step and really tried to refine it and get better at it.
What’s the greatest piece of advice you’d like to pass on?
I don’t know if I have much to offer by way of advice, considering my philosophy.  I know I always tell myself to try new things and keep it varied.  It will sound like me no matter what instruments, key, tempo, time signature, etc I am using.  Plus, if something isn’t working I can always just throw it on the back burner or toss it.  Everything isn’t going to work all the time, but I’ll never know what can work without a willingness to try new things.
Where can we find you online?
Well, like I said I’m a part of the Black Lantern Music club.
We’re at:  http://blacklanternmusic.com/
My Bandcamp: http://mildmaynyrd.bandcamp.com
My Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mild-maynyrd
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/MildMaynyrd
What are you reading at the moment?
I was attempting the classic Don Quixote for a while, which actually I should get back into.  But damn is it long.  It has to be one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time.  It’s a satirical, smart, funny, at times self-loathing read that will have you perplexed how it was written 500 years ago.  I’m always reading some comics though.  Saga, Manhattan Projects, and The Massive are probably my newest favorite comics.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Oh boy.  I listen to so much music.  I’ll just rattle off the last few artists I’ve listened to: No Bird Sing, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, The Bronx, King Crimson, Robert Glasper Experiment, Mixed Blood Majority, Radiohead.
Anything else we should know?
Yes, that you don’t know anything.  Most likely.

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Tickle

Posted in interviews, music, news, update with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?
my name is ewan but my friends and non-colleagues/parents call me tickle. i use tickle as a stage name generally too but also recently with my newest project i’m calling myself mic master mick. it’s tickle though really.
how would you describe what you do?
i work helping people to fund the rest of my life which i spend with friends loved ones and making sort of hip hop music. i think it’s hip hop but who knows what everyone else would say…
what are you currently working on?
at the moment i’m trying to encourage interest in a couple of new releases. I’m trying to get folk to check out the third ep by burning bright when it’s released on 15.2.13 it’s some sick beats by salemanders and fine ass cuts by dj symatic. with some raps by me too. plus one of the tracks features solareye who is the rapper for the band stanley odd. i was so chuffed to get him on the ep he’s one of my favourite rappers both in scotland and beyond.
plus i’m doing the same promotional type stuff, gigging and making videos and so on, as part of ill papa giraffe, an ongoing project with myself as mic master mic, producer konnsky as king kong kutmaster k and dj symatic as biggie b boy beatmaster b.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
all the hip hop i listened to when i got into it properly for the first time at the end of the nineties. it was a good time to discover hip hop. i didn’t know for a long time that the nineties or thereabouts are known as the golden age of hip hop. i just noticed the sweetest and freshest music i’d ever encountered.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
i’m not sure i’m well known enough to have enough people knowing my stuff to generate any misconceptions. i guess there might be some folk who might say it’s not real hip hop that i make or people might think i put on my weird hybrid scottish english accent just to rap when i actually sound like that all the time. some guys have not included me in their idea of what constitutes scottish hip hop. i dunno. people with misconceptions are probably misconceiving shit cos of issues in their heads not mine so i don’t think about it too much…

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
i love the beat. i’ve done spoken word a bunch and it’s great. you have total flexibility and that’s amazing but i love the beat. if there’s a beat, it’s you and the beat and that affords interactions that are more interesting or more fun than the interactions with plain silence.
it’s like silence plus plus.
i’m not sure about weaknesses. these are fat breaks we’re talking about. what could be wrong with them?

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
no tech: no wax, no wheels of steel, no rocking the mic, no hip hop.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
make music you like to hear or perform. and don’t listen to advice.

where can we find you online?

released eps

http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=35
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=38
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=4

RED RIVER by TICKLE on Black Lantern Music
www.blacklanternmusic.com

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Love The Government by Ill Papa Giraffe
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what are you reading at the moment?
the aquitaine progression by robert ludlum and surely you’re joking mr feynman by richard feynman.
what are you listening to at the moment?
new beats by salemanders and konnsky for lyric writing. simply red through the wall next door to my brother’s room. loki saying shit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNDFKIaLZ8
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneartist.php?id=26 CHURCH OF WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN always… first disciple yo.

anything else we should know?
um, i love you all but the people i have met i love more, mostly.
burning bright by burning bright out 15.2.13 ill papa giraffe by ill papa giraffe out 25.2.13. gigs coming up in major and minor scottish cities and check it.
i’ve recently been persuaded to the pro-indeppendence side of the scottish independence debate. unimportant on the macro but significant to me and many millions of scots. vote yes!

Hana-li Pendery

Posted in interviews, music, news, update with tags , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2011 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Hana-li

how would you describe what you do?
I’m a pop/rock singer/songwriter. I tend to write positive and uplifting songs but from a dark place as I feel that’s very easy to relate to and is my own personal brand of inspiration.

what are you currently working on?
I released my debut EP entitled “From the Dark” last August and recently released a single and companion music video for a cover of Muse’s “Undisclosed Desires”. You can watch it here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqBQhImnZoo. The EP and single are both available on iTunes under Hana-li.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
I think traveling and seeing the things people are coping with all over the world on a universal level has really opened my eyes in a way that no schooling ever could. I’ve seen people live in the most horrifying conditions both mentally and physically and that’s what fuels me to write and communicate to people. I want to let people know what’s out there but also that we can always rise above the challenges of this strange and beautiful world.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
I think people really get who and what I am and do when they see or hear it firsthand. It’s always about the communication and connection with my audience whether they’re there at a live show or it’s through a recording. I think that always comes through.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
The strengths are that we can now capture so much emotion and create so many sounds to really convey the full concept of a song. I think the greatest weakness is that you can make anyone sound good and therefore a lot of real talent and dedication goes unheard. That’s why I don’t use any Auto Tune or Melodyne on my stuff. If you’re going to be a singer, you should be able to sing!

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Microphones are so evolved now that they can capture everything an artist does and finding the right microphone for your particular voice is key! Also, there is a great new product called CLASP that allows you to record on reel to reel tape but edit in Pro Tools. This is revolutionary in that now you can have the warm sound of tape with the ease of Pro Tools. No more splicing! My EP was all recorded to tape this way and you can really hear and feel the difference.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
When performing, it’s not about you, it’s about your audience. It’s all for them. Take the time to get yourself comfortable in the room, theater, arena or whatever the venue may be and then forget about yourself and deliver your soul to them. That’s why they come.

where can we find you online?
www.facebook.com/HanaliMusic
www.Hana-li.com
www.YouTube.com/HanaliMusic
www.twitter.com/HanaliMusic

what are you reading at the moment?
I’m actually between books right now. Any suggestions?

what are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve been really into Imogen Heap and “Ramalama Bang Bang” by Roisin Murphy lately. Also, Justin Nozuka has an incredible voice and he rocks live too! Right now however my husband has “The Seed 2.0” on by The Roots. Great jam!

anything else we should know?
I love New Hampshire more than any other place on the planet and I have 5 dogs!

Ronald Martin Smith

Posted in art, interviews, music, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by intoviews

Ronald Martin Smith

Ronald Martin Smith

what is your name?

Ronald Martin Smith.

how would you describe what you do?

I wouldn’t, which already pushes the limit.

what are you currently working on?

I’ve a long-term drawing project in the works – “rockheads” – pencil (primarily) & marker – on those yellow post-its that have saved the memory of the world! About or near 30,000 in boxes in various locations in our apartment. No curatorial solution breaking over the horizon. These pieces get done Monday-Friday at my desk at work – I commit seconds to a minute and fraction – breaking the job/work plane to evidence some altogether other world. This is a graphite-realized open-ended projection, producing an imaginary population – a quick-graph odyssey. It’s dedicated to Marcel Duchamp, who wouldn’t give a damn.

what has been the greatest influence on your work?

Being alive.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

Thinking it has any consequence at all. I misread as much as possible, which exhausts the realm of possibility, without using it too much against ‘the rest of the night’.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

I’ve also written a good bit of poetry – published in George Hitchcock’s kayak in the 1970s & 1980s. There’s a lot of writing connected to my life that is unpublished. I work in journals, legal pads, index cards – it’s been going on for years. I more or less avoid doing anything about it – I’m an opportunist, and I try to be as unconscious as I possibly can be. All subsequent to the poems that did get published – since being in New York City since 1984 – and then some! It may or may not emerge: poetry, prose, surpoetics. More specifically….

That’s the window of exposure to the poebizjunkie world that sucked the brains out of poetry production schedules worldwide. The medium is the medium. The artist, the poet, conducts what ever comes across with as little forgiveness as possible. Write a poem. Fine. Disseminate it? Wha? Make it have a shadow box to sleep in? I’d rather die in the heart of a neon squall. (Them Crooked Vultures on headphones). Strength and weakness neutralize each other. Without being ends of the selfsame continuum. I defy myself to express something. Commitment is largely a myth, and the time it takes to do something about it is irrelevant. The obstacle curse of existence doesn’t really appreciate the surreal onsurget that wants only to ring its bell. And I mean CLOCK IT!!!!

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

Orwell didn’t write 1984 for nothing!

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

You’d better mean what you do or else take it somewhere else.

where can we find you online?

Now why would you want to do that!

what are you reading at the moment?

Nothing but the blank space ahead of each letter being typed.

what are you listening to at the moment?

Them Crooked Vultures.

anything else we should know?

At your own risk.

Carol Maric

Posted in art, interviews, music, news, photography, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by intoviews

Carol Maric

Carol Maric

what is your name?

Carol Maric

how would you describe what you do?

“My life goal? Literary Immortality—without compromise.”

“I would rather be skydiving while writing a book”

“I am paradoxically precocious, belated, and posthumous.”

philosopher, polymath, writer, poet, musician, artist.

Author of the unpublished masterpiece PROTEAN NotUnTitled: The Philosophical Cantos (copyright 2000 Library of Congress), Carol Maric has presented the manuscript thus far to only a few, including Harold Bloom and Jacques Derrida, who had favorable comments. The work is akin to late James Joyce with Nietzschean poetics, highly baroque, and deeply complex in its content and language—an original extension of the English language, elucidating the ambiguities of various extremities of mind. This is the sort of book in which an author’s work might culminate, yet it is a first work.

Maric has since been writing a lengthy novel for several years, as well as another book of poetry, and essays; future works include books of philosophy, microfiction, and the (under construction) online literary journal Alidade Review.

She is also a multifaceted musician (electric cello, violin, and voice), and visual artist (photography, painting, and drawing).

what are you currently working on?

Philosophy.

I consider Philosophy to be the highest pursuit of the mind.

My independent study has been non-linear (within and across texts), primarily associative, and focused on a few great philosophers, along with other great literary writers and poets (why settle for anything less?), with whom I develop immediate affinities—I can feel their presence alive on the other side of every page I view and touch; I experience “discourse” with their minds as my thoughts immediately react to, and counteract theirs—imaginary debates and associative connections always ensue, during varying speeds of interaction ranging from slow, close, and deconstructive to mercurial, firestorming readings.

I am always studying everything and everybody around me, as my mind is never at rest, even while I sleep, although I experiment with transcendental meditation and biofeedback to explore stillness.

Having just completed the extensive project of familiarizing myself with the history of western philosophy, from its origins to the present, in order to broaden my base knowledge, in a linear manner, I am now about to go back through it all again in an even more comprehensive mode, in tandem with studying my favorite philosophers further, while writing philosophy.

I am founder and group leader of MySpace’s Philosophy / Critical Theory Group, one of the largest and flourishing public forums in the Science & History category, since 2004.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

The greatest influence on my work was the death of my father, which caused me to emancipate myself at the age of 33.

I credit my father with teaching me how to write exceptionally.

Due to concurrent, life-altering events, I began a reassessment of my life and circumstances, and decided to radically change them. My introduction to the philosophical writings of Friedrich Nietzsche could not have been better timed or needed: his work became a life saving necessity and dark comfort in a raging tempest; it was then that I realized how important philosophy was to become to me, even though I had always been essentially a philosophical being, gestating and developing ideas over a long period of “undeclared” time.

I became actively autodidactic, as a voracious reader—and continue to be an enthusiastic advocate for the dissemination of knowledge through books.

Once I was acclimatized in my new environment, I started to seriously use the gifts that I had always possessed; after experiencing years of financial hardship and circumstances that severely constrained my freedoms during an singularly unconventional upbringing, my options continued to be narrow in my adult years until the breakthrough—I have not looked back since!

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

No one yet knows the magnitude and importance of my poetry.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

I work in several mediums, just as I invent different styles within them, and find no strengths or weaknesses, but one’s own—relentless experimentation is absolutely essential!

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

Dissemination as Revolution.

My stance on Writing & Publishing: No Editing Allowed, except one’s own volitionally (otherwise known as crafting), is an uncompromising stipulation of mine; It is either In or Out—Curators, Not Editors.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Develop an insatiable desire for knowledge, and feed it constantly!

where can we find you online?

PERSONAL:

www.myspace.com/carolmaric

www.facebook.com/carolmaric

www.groups.myspace.com/philosophycriticaltheory

www.twitter.com/carolmaric

www.linkedin.com/in/carolmaric

WRITING:

www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-maric

www.myartspace.com/zoominpage.do?imgpath=http://www.myartspace.com/repository/images/o/o1f9ofty29yxab32.jpg

www.cherrybleeds.com/words/guest1/carol-nov07.html

www.writerscafe.org/writers/Carol%20Maric/

www.ornerywoman.com

www.maricthinkpad.wordpress.com/

www.alidadereview.com

MUSIC:

www.myspace.com/damagedfranklin

www.myspace.com/212noiseorg

www.last.fm/user/mathgeekepii10

www.last.fm/group/Experimental+Vocalists

ART:

www.myartspace.com/carolmaric


what are you reading at the moment?

Too many books to mention: I usually read many, many hardcopy and digital books concurrently, kaleidoscopically shifting onward.

Some of my favorite philosophers and writers are Friedrich Nietzsche, Immanuel Kant, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Georges Bataille, Jacques Derrida, Willard Van Orman Quine, Karl Popper, Michel Foucault, Emil Cioran, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Charles Baudelaire, T.S. Eliot, Dante Alighieri, Anne Rice, Antonin Artaud, Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Gordon Byron, Louis Zukofsky, Henry Miller, Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, Maurice Blanchot, Peter Handke, David Foster Wallace, Mark Z. Danielewski, John Berryman, Bryan Magee, and Blah3x^n—thus spake mathgeekepii10.

what are you listening to at the moment?

I am listening to the various sounds of my environment.

Philosophy lectures on my iPhone at iTunes University, a simply amazing educational project; and JM Roberts’ History of the World on my Zune, along with nonstop, multicrossgenremusic: classical, jazz, rock, experimental avant garde, noise, field recordings—anything and everything!

I have been particularly fascinated by Beck’s work, for several years now.


anything else we should know?

My Intellectual Inheritance:

Great Uncle: Leon Samson, who attended CCNY and Columbia, was an American Marxist social theorist of the 1930s, wrote the books The New Humanism, The American Mind: a Study In Socio-Analysis, and Toward a United Front: A Philosophy for American Workers. Samson is discussed in several books, papers and lectures by the political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset, and cited by numerous others in books and papers found primarily on Google Books.

Mother: Judith Greene is a criminal justice policy analyst who has been working in the field for nearly 40 years, and whose work is reflected in her many influential articles cited by major publications; her work is known both domestically and internationally.

Father: Joseph A. Greene attended NYU, became a teaching fellow at Michigan University at a young age, won a Hopwood award for poetry, acquired the English department’s first Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, and was mentored by literary critic and author Austin Warren. Though he did not complete his dissertation, he continued as an assistant professor at a few colleges in MI, NJ and NY. He was a visual artist.

Coda: Maybe I will discuss my other work at another time here . . . Nice to meet you all.

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