Sean Lovelace gives us Why I Never Say No to Coffee in the November issue and talks about the best coffee, the poetics of flash fiction, and of course, nachos.
1. Which coffee is better: Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks?
They both suck. That is posh coffee. Gas station coffee is best. Coffee is a drug, and like all good drugs, should kill you while you use it.
2. Do you know someone like the protagonist in “Why I Never Say No To Coffee”?
Sure. We all do. Writers who think publishing is the goal of writing. Great, you got published. Very good.
3. Have you actually tried a V-Bismol? Â If so, what’s the appeal?
I am working on a long term project to have three taps come out of the wall of my kitchen: beer, Sprite Zero, Pepto Bismol. (These are the only beverages I drink, period) So far, I only have the beer tap, which was easy to install. The Sprite Zero tap is a pain, and Coca Cola (the corp) has not been helpful. They actually DISCOURAGE home soda fountains of their products. So I have had to use Ebay and so on. I just had to clean out a gravity line last night! Sucks. Anyway, it’s about half done. Now, the Pepto one is a bitch! They don’t make Pepto kegs. But I am working on it, and a stainless steel tap with that wonderful pink flowing out will happen! It’s just going to cost me a lot of money and time. Oh, to your question, the appeal is that color. What a pink! Yes, I have mixed it with vodka. Who hasn’t?
4. I often find flash fiction closer to poetry than fiction, especially this story because of lines such as “My body warmed with anxiety; the skin prickled. I drank three more V-Bismols, took another cold bath, the phone sitting like a hope grenade on the toilet lid. Seven minutes later it exploded.” Â Does poetry influence your fiction? Â If so, which poets influence your fiction style.
Yes. I hope all flash is trying to be a poem. Writing good poetry is the hardest task of all (Writing bad poetry is easy–ask anyone…oh god). I wish every fiction writer in the world read poetry for ten years first. Arlene Ang I love for her specificity and use of objects, always. Sarah Manguso the same. I would like to marry and divorce both of them and then be friends after.
5. What is your favorite breed of dog?
Every dog I have had I didn’t like. Ok, maybe one, “Hector.” He was a dachshund.
6. I saw an abundance of entries about nachos on your blog. Â What is with your obsession with nachos?
They are so open-ended, so alive, and you have to make them. You eat the art you create. More things should be this way.