Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 11: Joshua Dalton)

Joshua Dalton

JOSHUA DALTON is the author of I Hate You, Please Read Me (House of Vlad, 2021). He lives in Texas. Follow him on Twitter.

My current favorite book is: Jillian by Halle Butler—my favorite book of 2020. 

My current favorite actor is: Timothée Chalamet, but if Ezra Miller ever makes a non-Harry Potter movie again, it’ll go back to being him. 

My current favorite television show is: Mad Men—this year I got the boxset and listened to all the director commentaries like a big dork. The other shows I love are Six Feet Under, The Leftovers and BoJack Horseman. I watch way too much TV. 

My current favorite musician is: Elliott Smith.

My current favorite song is: …the song I relate to the most (and frequently, horribly sing in my car) is “You Stupid Bitch,” from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. (In this song, I’m the stupid bitch.)

My current state of mind is: seceded from the Union and now in a never-ending war. 

My current chemical romance involves: getting likes on social media and texts back from emotionally-unavailable men. 

My current favorite phrase is: “borderline personality disorder”? 

My current mode of transportation is: a red Honda Civic. I’m kind of a bad driver… I’ve hit a lot of curbs. 

My current favorite fast food establishment is: …because I’m from Texas I “should” say Whataburger, but I go to McDonald’s more often… for McNuggets and fries that I devour but always regret. I’ve always preferred nuggets to burgers; when I was little, my mom said I was going to turn into a chicken from eating so much of it (and she was sorta right). 

My current workout routine consists of: doing 100 jumping jacks when I feel so anxious I want to tear off my skin. I also go on walks.

My current regrettable decision involves: regretting a million things that I think about all the time, but maybe I’ll stick with the McNuggets. 

My current dream is: to write for a TV show, but I’m terrified of moving to LA alone, and I already feel too old anyway.

My current hope is: that someone invents a time machine, or at least the memory-erasing machine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. 

My current projects include: “working on my novel,” by which I mean “staring at my phone and going to therapy.”


Pick up Joshua Dalton’s book, I Hate You, Please Read Me, 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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