Awful Interview: John Clark

14 Jul

John Clark crushes Picasso and Bukowski into paint and scuttles them on to canvas, hangs them along long hallways, talks cool calm, offers beer with big smiles, always makes sure you’re comfortable, offers more beer, more smiles. John Clark is reading at the Vouched Presents DOGZPLOT Literature Party, where you should offer John a beer in return to his offering beer.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your day job?

I grew up in Louisville & Tampa. Fell in love and moved to Indy. Got involved in local lit scene. Started a zine called “pLopLop”.

Photographer, visual artist, writer and founding member of Big Car arts collective. Freelance copy editor and creative consultant for Value World thrift shops.

I’m always intrigued by creative minds, how they do what they do. Where do you get your ideas? Do you have a Muse?

I pick up a pen or brush or poke at a keyboard with no plans or intentions other than a curiosity to see what will happen.

What do you think about the word “soul”?

Soul is a rad word because it can be used to enhance almost any sentence. For instance: “I’m going soul cycling in the large park today.”

Do you like rap music? Why/why not?

Sure, especially if the words are funny, like those of Sylk E. Fyne, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, Dr. Octagon and Freak Nasty.

Why do you write? Is it to express yourself? To gaze lovingly at your navel? To incite a riot?

I’ve got all these journals and pens that people give me for gifts. I feel obligated to fill up the journals and empty the pens.

Also, it is a great way to remember things.

Writers are supposed to know things and be political and stuff, right? What do you think about the war in Middle East?

We should mind our own business.

Man, I love birds in art and literature. Do you love birds? Stars? The moon?

I am a bird fan. For a while, I was known for featuring a duck or geese in all of my paintings. One could say I was a forerunner of the “Put-a-Bird-on-it Movement” which is currently enjoying a renewal of interest among some of today’s Young Turks. Astronomy leaves me cold. However, dropping obscure references to lousy Rod Stewart songs in response to interview questions makes my lower extremities hot. And I’m very tactile, so I love touch.

Have you ever been to Indianapolis? What’s your impression of Indy, whether you’ve been here or not?

Indy grows on and around you. “And within you…” added the little figment of George Harrison which just popped up on my left shoulder. He won’t go away. He’s getting comfortable, hovering there in the lotus position. It’s a bit distracting, but those are cool orange crushed-velvet flares he’s wearing.

What would you like to say to people about coming to see you read at the Vouched Presents: DOGZPLOT Literature Party?

Put on your listening ears…no, not the pointy ones!

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