Tabs open on your screen right now:
Facebook / An interview with Alexander Chee / Moira Egan’s beautiful “Ghazanelle” / Episode 10 of Outlander / FKA twigs’s performance at Pitchfork / Audio for Britney Spears’s “Mood Ring” / The trailer for François Ozon’s Frantz

Your writer crush:
Right now, Safiya Sinclair. Her new book Cannibal is giving me everything I need.

Favorite lyric:
The entire closing monologue of Trina’s “B R Right”

Any place in the world:
The Frick

Best breakfast:
Brunch is better because mimosas

Favorite online places right now:
The two blogs I’ve followed religiously for years now are Tom and Lorenzo, a top notch fashion blog, and The Film Experience, where I get all my movie news.

Sweetest thing:
The love of dear friends

Favorite space to write:
My bed

What should we know:
Be kind to one another

Guilty literary pleasure:
I’ve reread Andre Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name every summer since I first bought it as a college freshman. I’m not guilty about it, but it’s my most regularly literary pleasure. It’ll be a decade next summer.

Best book nobody talks about:
The Diener by Martha Serpas

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
TV: Sailor Neptune / Movie: Tilda Swinton as Eve in Only Lovers Left Alive / Book: I’m going with comic books on this one and it’s a tie between Storm and Emma Frost

Last time you lied:
Earlier this week

The lie:
I’ll cook for myself instead of order out!


DERRICK AUSTIN is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions), selected by Mary Szybist for the 2015 A Poulin Jr Prize. He is a Cave Canem fellow. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Nimrod, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. Currently, he is the Ron Wallace Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing in Madison.