You Must Be a Monster: An Interview with Nate Lippens

Nate Lippens

Nate Lippens’s debut novel My Dead Book was released in 2021 through the Fellow Travelers Series by Publication Studio. The book was released in 2022 with Pilot Press. 

Let’s start on an upbeat note. What’s your funeral song?

Could it be a funeral hit parade? Maybe Nina Simone’s take on “My Way,” which to me is better than versions by Frank Sinatra, Sid Vicious, and even Nina Hagen. “Is That All There Is?” by Peggy Lee. There’s “You’re Dead” by Norma Tanega, Jimmy Scott’s cover of “Heaven” by Talking Heads, and my sentimental favourite “Dream Baby Dream” by Suicide. Diamanda Galas’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” But really, I’d like people to have some fun. So maybe “Saturday Night At The Bookstore” by Dicks, my favourite queer Texan communists, about cruising glory holes at porn arcades, or Patrick Cowley’s mix of Sylvester’s “Do You Want To Funk?” with those bellowing screams at the beginning. 

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Sunday Stories: “Actress”

Actress by Nate Lippens Her agent told me not to say ghostwriting. Probably not to say writing at all. I’m her assistant, her arranger. When those words were floated out, I rolled my eyes and gritted my teeth, but like every whore before me, I thought of the money. Arranger. It sounds like I’m Nelson Riddle.

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