Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 42: Steve Anwyll)

Steve Anwyll

STEVE ANWYLL is the author of Welfare (Tyrant, 2019). Follow him: @oneloveasshole

My current favorite book is: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I picked it up because my wife’s friend’s mother said my book reminded her of it. I found this horribly offensive as I started to read but by the end I fell in love with Toole’s writing, Ignatius J. Reilly, and was flattered by the comparison. 

My current favorite film is: Angst (1983)—directed by Gerald Kargl and starring Erwin Leder. The manic cinematography was on point for me. Very punk looking. Good fashion and sets. Nice and violent as well. What more can I ask for?

My current favorite television show is: Dark.

My current favorite album is: …I hate everything I listen to. It’s all gone stale and I feel I’m too old to find new music. Bah humbug!

My current state of mind is: calm control.

My current chemical romance involves: …I quit drinking a year ago. Since then I’ve limited my drug use to THC, caffeine, psilocybin and LSD (mainly for therapeutic uses).

My current favorite quote is: the final Lojong slogan, “Don’t expect applause.”

My current mode of transportation is: BMW (a Montréal acronym meaning “bus metro walk”) until the spring when a shitty old bicycle reigns supreme again. 

My current favorite fast food establishment is: this old (fifty plus years) casse-croûte in my quarter. For me it’s either the cheeseburger deluxe and mini poutine trio. Or two toastees toute garnie (this means a hotdog where they first fry the outside of the bun on the flat top so it’s crunchy and greasy and irresistible then smother it in mustard and cabbage salad) with of course a mini poutine. I haven’t been since the beginning of the plague and probably won’t until the spring though.

My current workout routine consists of: jumping rope four times a week for twenty minutes… and three times a week I do a bunch of arm and abdominal exercises designed to keep me from becoming a fat old man. 

My current regrettable decision involves: the above routine.

My current hopes and dreams are: to continue my work.

My current hobbies include: Tetris. There’s a damn good chance that god is in those seven blocks. 


Steve Anwyll 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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