A conversation with Mia Dyson

 

    We spoke with Mia Dyson about 25 numbers, the question she wishes she was never asked, why she’s too emotional to be a computer system and how seashells are ground into sand over centuries.

    I don’t naturally enjoy talking about myself, but if someone has something specific that they’re interested in, then I love to talk.


    We asked Mia to list 25 numbers of her choosing and explain why if she wanted.

    1 is the number of the universe: one word for everything. Also, I can only appreciate one word at a time.

    2 reminds me that there are two worlds; the world of my experience and the world of illusion.

    So many things come in 3 parts: there’s humans with mind-body-spirit; every “thing” has a
    beginning, a middle, and an end.

    805 is my husband’s area code.

    3240 is a precious Australian post code to me.

    In kilometers, 242 is the length of the Great Ocean Road.

    The Great Ocean Road is 151 miles long.

    0 is how many miles away from home I am when I am home.

    87 is a ripe old age.

    11 is an underdog. It’s part of the “teens” and we didn’t give it a “teen” name. It is also fun and
    easy to multiply single digits by 11.

    12 didn’t get “teen” in it’s name, but by virtue of getting Zodiac signs, it also got 12 months, 12 days of Christmas, 12 disciples, 12 hours, and 12 steps.

    13 got the first “teen” name, but it got a bad reputation for being unlucky so it gets left out or at least made to feel bad, like when a building pretends to skip the 13th floor.

    10 glorious fingers.

    I’m told I have 7 main chakras.

    6 is south.

    15 is a solid number that breaks into either three or five friendly parts.

    9 is west.

    12345 is an easy pin number to remember.

    90026 is a great American zip code.

    4 is a great number for harmony singing.

    8 is a lovely number of friends over for dinner.

    37.

    I barely remember age 19.

    We are traveling 30 kilometers per second around the Sun.

    1

    Morgan Enos

    Please tell me a question you wish nobody would ask you,but people often do. Why don’t you like being asked it?

    Mia Dyson

    “Tell me about yourself.” I feel put on the spot and a pressure to explain myself. It feels too broad a question and doesn’t give me anything specific to go on. I don’t naturally enjoy talking about myself, but if someone has something specific that they’re interested in, then I love to talk.

    2

    What is one thing you wish you could have told somebody, but never got the chance or opportunity to do so?

    I had a friend in high school who was inspired me with her guitar playing and songwriting. We had a falling out and we lost touch. I’ve always wanted to tell her how grateful I am for her courage and determination.

    3

    What should be taught in public school that will never be taught?

    How to enjoy one’s body sexually, instead of just the mechanics.

    I could lose my values, but not like a computer system. I feel too emotional to be like a computer system.

    4

    Please tell me about a project you started and never completed. Will you complete it?

    I started a project to get music and comedy performances happening in prisons in California. I came up against so much resistance from the prison authorities that I gave up. I’m not sure if i will try again, but it seems possible.

    5

    Do you ever think of yourself as being like a computer system? Are you corruptible?

    I think I am corruptible in the sense that with the wrong circumstances, I could lose my values, but not like a computer system. I feel too emotional to be like a computer system.

    6

    Are you good at holding your tongue or not saying something you’d regret to someone?

    I think I hold my tongue too much and don’t stick up for myself or have the courage to give my opinions sometimes. My regrets are definitely in what I didn’t say rather than what I did say.

    7

    Please describe the nearest wooden object in your proximity in purely physical and dimensional terms without telling me what that object is.

    The object is about 3 meters long, 15 centimeters deep and 30 centimeters high. It is tapered with many ridges going down it’s length. It’s a dark orange-brown with dark brown-black grains and spots. It supports other objects and is attached to a large structure.

    I see people taking seashells home from the beach and wonder where they will end up. And I think about how they grind down into sand over centuries.

    8

    Have you ever received an unwanted gift? What was it?

    I was given a yellow skirt and matching top by my parents when I was maybe 5 or 6, and I was hoping for a bicycle. I remember being very pissed and hating the yellow outfit.

    9

    Please tell me about seashells.

    I listen to the ocean in them. The purple ones make me feel high. I love the pearly side. I see people taking them home from the beach and wonder where they will end up. And I think about how they grind down into sand over centuries.

    10

    What long-held institution on Earth is the next to go?

    The nation-state.

    Thank you.

    Data


    Conversation: 184
    Curated by: Morgan Enos
    Conducted by: Email
    Published: May 21, 2018
    Total questions: 10
    Word count: 806
    Reading time: Three minutes

    Metadata


    Numbers: 25
    Pretending: Null
    Resistance: 100%
    Hour: Accessed
    System: Accessed
    Orange: Accessed

    Relation


    About the subject


    Mia Dyson is a singer, songwriter and guitarist originally from Melbourne, Australia. She resides in Los Angeles.

    About the curator


    Morgan Enos is a songwriter and journalist originally from California. His curatorial work for North of the Internet aims to strike a deeper place in his conversation subjects — the dreamy subtext to the linear everyday. Morgan also frequently writes power pop records as Other Houses about joy, outer space, frustration, chess and spiritual light. He resides in New York, where he continues to creatively fire on all cylinders.


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