Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 12: Lindsay Lerman)

Lindsay Lerman

LINDSAY LERMAN is a writer, teacher, and translator. Buzzfeed Books called her first novel, I’m From Nowhere (Clash, 2019), “a heartbreaker of a debut.” Aside from co-editing Black Telephone Magazine, she has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

My current favorite book is: …I’m trying not to read any fiction while I finish the manuscript I’m working on, but I’ve thrown myself into reading theory during the pandemic (because I’ve really needed it). The book I’ve spent the most time with the past few months is Sensoria by McKenzie Wark.

My current favorite film director is: Claire Denis. I’ve been on a Denis jag for a few years.

My current favorite television show is: Euphoria.

My current favorite musician is: Joni Mitchell, especially her albums from 1974-1979 (Court and Spark to Mingus).

My current state of mind is: vacillating between “Oh” and “Ohhhhh.”

My current chemical romance involves: …don’t do this to me, BAE… I’ve been living like a monk during the pandemic. I want a series of lost weekends to make up for it. That’s all I’ll say.

My current favorite word or phrase is: …I do not have one of these. Why would I have one of these?

My current mode of transportation is: my feet or my car.

My current favorite fast food establishment is: In-N-Out (an “animal style” cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate milkshake), but In-N-Out doesn’t exist where I live, so I don’t really bother with fast food. A Wendy’s frosty is ok, but it’s not a chocolate milkshake.

My current workout routine consists of: forgetting that I am a body until I ache somewhere, then doing lots of sit-ups and push-ups for a few days to try to make up for the neglect.

My current regrettable decision involves: probably selling my writing [or] entering into the sphere of people who sell their writing. I don’t know. Maybe I am not a nice person.

My current hopes and dreams are: …I don’t really know. It might be a while till I know how to have hopes and dreams again.

My current hobbies include: trying to get a full night of sleep. But mostly trying not to atrophy too much.


Lindsay Lerman is online at

Brian Alan Ellis runs House of Vlad Press, and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Fanzine, Monkeybicycle, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Funhouse, Heavy Feather Review, and Yes Poetry, among other places. He lives in Florida.

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