I met Ben Fama approx. 69 million years ago, when we were both baby dino interns at Ugly Duckling Presse—back when everyone wore thin headbands and listened to Crystal Castles and you only knew of maybe one person with a smart phone maybe, and anyways it was that one fancy friend of yrs who was a lil bit older and worked out in a pashmina and literally never sweat once in their entire life. It was a vibrant time for culture. Ben was very good at making books. I was very bad at it. When Ben sewed/glued/printed/folded and finished a book, it was put in a pile to send subscribers. When I finished a book Matvei (Yankelevich) would look at it, then look at me, and say, “Well… that’ll be a review copy.” Ben is the author of the artist book Mall Witch (which I pledged for on Kickstarter!), as well as several chapbooks and pamphlets. His poem sunset, which I put in my first poetry mixtape, has been one of my favorite things I’ve read in the past few years. In 2015 Ugly Duckling, where we met o those millennia ago, will publish Fantasy, his first full length collection of poems. Don’t worry Ben, I will not be making any of them. www.benfama.com
1. What’s the last song you listened to?
2. What did you want to be when you were ten?
3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
- Never say anything about someone you wouldn’t say to their face
4. What’s the last thing you were obsessed with?
- This peach sweatshirt that says SAINT TROPEZ
5. Give me some poems or poets you’ve been taken with, recently—