Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 49: Sean Kilpatrick)

Sean Kilpatrick

SEAN KILPATRICK wrote Anatomy Courses (with Blake Butler; Lazy Fascist Press, 2012); Gil the Nihilist: A Sitcom (Lazy Fascist Press, 2013); Sucker June (Lazy Fascist Press, 2015); Thank You, Steel China (Schism [2] Press, 2016), Sir William Forsythe’s Freebase Nuptials: A Screenplay (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2017), and Collected Scripts (11:11 Press, 2021). He has written for Nerve, FenceVice, Bomb, Evergreen Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Hobart, New York Tyrant, Exquisite Corpse, Juked, and The Collagist, among several other publications. Check out his podcast.

My current favorite authors are: Leonid Andreyev and Alexander Theroux—aspiring to become some ignored combination therein.

My current favorite movie is: …in a time of placid nostalgia and hampered art, the film Rent-A-Pal genuinely gets the ’90s freak show.

My current favorite television show is: …Tartakovsky’s Primal mastered dialogue-free action sequences. Almost on the level of Aeon Flux.

My current favorite song is: “Psycho,” covered by Beasts of Bourbon.

My current state of mind is: pickled at will. “They spoke of the horse alive / without skin, naked, hairless, / without eyes and ears, searching / for the stableboy’s caress.”—Philip Levine’s “The Horse”

My current chemical romance involves:

You fill me up as blood the laceration

and run down the track its darkness leaves,

like night upon you spread in tardy variation

where the fading hillside colours shadow sheaves,

you flower like heavy roses in every garden,

you, solitude from bearing loss and age,

you, still surviving when our dreams dishearten,

suffering and knowledge too often on your page.

—“Departure,” Gottfried Benn

My current favorite quote is:

“People don’t want to be healed. They want a nice juicy wound that will show well when they put neon lights around it.”—Kenneth Patchen

My current mode of transportation involves: blowing on my thumb during urination.

My current favorite fast food item is: too safety-scissors of a self-destruction. Porn as well.

My current workout routine consists of: Knives, Knife Fighting, and Related Hassles: How to Survive a Real Knife Fight by Mark MacYoung.

My current regrettable decision involves: most previous bouts of etiquette.

My current hopes and dreams are:  

“The rain is ruin and our ruin rides.”—Weldon Kees

“This is how the mind works. Poorly. Around. On the ruin of the last thought.”—Will Eno

My current projects/hobbies include: 

“I used to live near the Dnieper River / with chemical songs. Once a pack of / large boys beat me up until I cried. / They said they wanted to look at my / tears under a toy microscope.”—Mark Yakich, “Dnieper”


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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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