Mike Buffalo, man of mystery, appears in the October issue and talks to us about down low neo-Nazis, Dennis Cooper, and what he eats when he feels sad.
1. What kind of mask would you wear to abduct someone?
Like Hannibal Lecter, I’d use somebody else’s face.
2. In your opinion, how does one operate as a neo-Nazi on the down low?
Just like everybody else.
3. What former leader/dictator would you dress as in the bedroom?
4. Why Dennis Cooper?
He’s gay. And, because he’s so misunderstood. Like, everybody thinks he writes such weirdo shit. But, he’s been writing the same love story since Closer. Dennis Cooper is a lover, not a writer. And, in my book, he’s sad that you don’t understand that.
5. What do you eat when you feel sad?
Cupcakes–at Aunt Charlie’s.
6. What made you decide to write an entire novel about neo-Nazis on the down low?
My mom. She said “You need to do something with your life.” I was all “Like what?” She said “I don’t know, something.” So, I decided to write a book. My mom said “That won’t make you any money.” Then she started to cry. I told her that there’s a vast neo-Nazi readership right here in the USA. She perked up. I said “They’re looking for something that confirms their way of life, the future. Something more PBS, less Fox News.” She laughed, clapped her hands.
I said “There’s this guy named Zachary German, who’s already written the book for me. The politics are already there in his book. All I have to do is make it more poetic or something. You know, disguise it a little. So people will say ‘Wow’.” She just looked at me. Like she knew what I was talking about. Anyway, my publisher sold the film rights to Harmony Korine in August (for 50 bucks, I think). He’s going to make the movie a bit more satirical than the book–you know, add a tap dancing scene, put all the characters in black face–but promised me it wouldn’t end well. So, I don’t feel as if I compromised.