A conversation with Eugene Robinson

 

    We spoke with Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) about the infinite state of energy, telekinesis, creative discipline, and why he hates hip-hop mixed on phones.

    Lights in the sky that look like things on the ground that support the idea that we’re all dying.


    The following is a list of alphabetical words. We asked Eugene what comes to mind for him while thinking of each one.


    Astronomy

    Lights in the sky that look like things on the ground that support the idea that we’re all dying.

    Body

    A book by Harry Crews.

    Colonization

    Ants. The insect. Not the movie.

    Discipline

    The key to my “success.”


    Etiquette

    That which, more than likely, will keep me from hurting you. As Frank Sinatra said, it always pays to keep the party polite.

    Fingerprint

    What you don’t leave behind.

    Gender

    Trans.

    Holy

    Diver.


    Internet

    Something about which I once said “it’s a fad. Just like ham radios.”

    Journal

    For teenage boys too macho to admit it’s a diary.

    Knife

    What I am never without.

    Laboratory

    What I have burned down. Accidentally.


    Mathematics

    Mr. Crapanzano.

    North

    Star.

    Obituary

    The only bit of press about me that I will never get to read.

    Promotion

    Something I’ve never gotten without kissing the correct amount of ass.


    Quitting

    Very different from surrendering. What I dream of every day. In every way.

    Rainbow

    Pace. The Italian kind.

    Schizophrenia

    Cigarettes.

    Telekinesis

    If I could I would.


    Unethical

    No idea what this word means.

    Video

    Killed the radio star.

    Wall

    Of Voodoo.

    Xerox

    Not a nightclub. A copy machine company. That once threatened me for using their name non-proprietarily.


    Youth

    Brigade.

    Zeal

    Better than veal.


    Excuses for why you can’t do your art? For shit. And unless you have clocks at home that run backwards, you’re really blowing it.

    1

    Julien Fernandez

    Your brief description of astronomy is wonderful. What can you tell us about the relationship, and contrast of microcosm vs. macrocosm? How does it apply to your own life?

    Eugene Robinson

    As far as I know, energy is the only thing that’s infinite. And maybe time. Though I am unsure of this. What am I sure of? That my time is limited. So while things like stars and genealogy are all well and good, there’s really nothing so far that’s managed to soften the hammer and the coffin. And if you haven’t taken a real hard look at Planet Earth post-you? You should sometime. It might make you laugh. Or the exact opposite.

    2

    Can you describe the discipline methods you adopt for yourself?

    No one cares. Being outworked is for people who are confused about time and there’s no excuse for non-performance. My only limits presently? Cash.

    And even then there are ways around it. Going on tour as I do, I am always meeting people who say stuff to me like “If I only had some good studio gear!” Like that would really make a difference. Someone just told that some hip hop record that was a massive hit was mixed on a phone.

    Which means: I don’t want to hear it. Excuses for why you can’t do your art? For shit. And unless you have clocks at home that run backwards, you’re really blowing it.

    3

    We think of the North of the Internet as a fixed point in the ether, a single point in a grayscale space. What do the words evoke for you?

    Not much. See above regarding the preciousness of time. The internet is largely an enemy of time. Don’t believe me? When the accounting comes in and you’re on your deathbed, the hours you spent playing Farmville will be for shit. But I am glad you’re happy about what you’re doing.

    You think you can successfully get people to avoid that which they’re running toward at top speed?

    4

    Can you describe your last recurrent, or lucid dream for us?

    No. I don’t sleep enough anymore to really dream much. Or very well.

    5

    Are you familiar with the concept of mind colonization? How would you describe it for us? How can we avoid the subjugation of our psychologies?

    You think you can successfully get people to avoid that which they’re running toward at top speed?

    6

    What would you use telekinesis for?

    Bad things. Very very bad things.

    7

    Is there a theme, or connective aspect binding together all your work over the years?

    This is the job of people like you. By which I mean: you tell me.

    Thank you.

    Data


    Conversation: 7
    Curated by: Julien Fernandez
    Conducted by: Email
    Published: July 5, 2017
    Total questions: 26/7
    Word count: 762
    Reading time: Three minutes
    Hyperlinks: 9
    Motives for telekinesis: Bad
    Lucid dreams: None
    Party: Polite
    Planet Earth: Post-you

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