RAVI MANGLA is the author of the novels The Observant (Spuyten Duyvil) and Understudies (Outpost19). He lives in Rochester, NY.
My current favorite thing to read is: the novels of Fernanda Melchor. They’re gruesome books, tough to swallow at times, but the writing is electric.
My current favorite thing to watch is: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films. I recommend After Life and Shoplifters.
My current favorite thing to listen to is: the Teddy Geiger remix of Laurel’s “Scream Drive Faster.” I tend to get fixated on a few songs and listen on repeat until I wear them out.
My current state of mind is: pessimistic—against my best efforts to feel something other than utter gloom.
My current chemical romance involves: chewing entire packs of Extra-brand watermelon gum in a matter of hours.
My current words of wisdom are: …you can’t keep the view by taking the window with you (paraphrased from poet James Richardson).
My current mode of transportation involves: a green Honda CRV with 140,000 miles on it but still going strong.
My current favorite fast food item is: a burrito bowl from Chipotle or Wendy’s chicken sandwich. Discovering Taco Bell’s breakfast steak burrito recently was a real game-changer.
My current workout routine consists of: walking aimlessly around drugstores.
My current regrettable decision involves: doing my own book publicity.
My current hopes and dreams are: for world peace. Or if that’s not in the cards, then simply a habitable world.
My current hobbies include: reading the menus at acclaimed restaurants I can’t afford.
Brian Alan Ellis runs House of Vlad Press, and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018) and Hobbies You Enjoy (serialized daily on Instagram: @hobbiesyouenjoy). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Fanzine, Monkeybicycle, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, X-R-A-Y, Heavy Feather Review, and Yes Poetry, among other places. He lives in Florida.