T KIRA MADDEN
Tabs open on your screen right now:
Rebecca Solnit’s City of Women map in the New Yorker, dreamy pictures of the Hanson Brothers, Google map street view of my childhood home in Boca Raton where I’m able to look through my old bedroom window (this shouldn’t be allowed, should it?) and WKCR’s 89.9 live stream because my radio is at home and I’m currently on my mother’s couch
If you had to brag about yourself:
I have no uvula and I’m always punctual
Your writer crush:
My girlfriend, poetess and cowboy, Hannah Beresford
I love it when you call me big poppa
Any place in the world:
Inside a Richard Serra sculpture at Dia Beacon watching the sun drip down the rust. The crumbling Landmark Jersey Loews movie theater. Feet kicked up in Film Forum. Alice in Central Park when children aren’t drooling on her dress. Visiting my relatives in Hawaiian graveyards.
I don’t believe in breakfast unless it’s for dinner
Favorite online places right now:
Stoya and Kayden Cross’s Trenchcoatx.com (NSFW), and No Tokens’ new online platform! www.notokensjournal.com
Letters in the mail, my grandma making wontons, uni, a new blazer, my new sister, licking my girlfriend’s teeth
Your rituals (writing or not):
Phil Schaap’s “Birdflight” every morning on WKCR. It’s roughly 70 minutes of Charlie Parker and Phil’s musings on Bird. At night I listen to YouTube videos of women brushing their hair, whispering tedious facts about hair follicles because I’m a lonely and neurotic person and this somehow helps me sleep. Whenever Jim Croce comes on the radio I speak to my dead father. I always watch the credits roll in a theater.
Least impressive thing about you:
For a writer, I really struggle with alphabetizing. I have to quietly sing the entire “ABC” song in order to establish basic order.
Favorite space to write:
Nestled somewhere in the woods with my electric typewriter until my fingers ache
What should we know:
How to cook at least one good soup. How to perform at least one basic magic trick.
Guilty literary pleasure:
I read Encyclopedia Brown books more than I read contemporary literary fiction. But, to be fair, I read and reread A LOT of Encyclopedia Brown books.
Best book nobody talks about:
Let’s rephrase to *More people should talk about these writers and books all day every day* Stephen Jesse Bernstein’s MORE NOISE PLEASE, the stories of John Edgar Wideman, the works of HEATHER LEWIS (my God, Heather Lewis), and Melanie Rae Thon, and Anne-E. Wood, and Beth Nugent’s CITY OF BOYS, and my favorite book of all time: Lynda Barry’s CRUDDY
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Death and Cat Stevens are obsessions of mine so I’ll go with Harold from Harold and Maude.
Last time you lied:
In September: I will never join Facebook again!
The lie: Today:
I joined Facebook again.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
How do you spell T Kira Madden without removing the “T” or adding weird punctuation or extra letters?
Like that ^