Thursday, May 14, 2020

Proust Questionnaire: Dale Brett

Faceless in Nippon by Dale Brett to be published by Expat Press.

Ultra Violet Torus by Dale Brett (Chapbook to be published by SF)

Australian writer Dale Brett has been busy. He has two books coming out soon--Faceless in Nippon (Expat Press) and the chapbook Ultraviolet Torus (SELFFUCK). Mike Kleine called Faceless in Nippon, "perhaps the most sincere contemporary novel about banality, modernity and existential ennui to exist, this side of 202X." SELFFUCK has described Ultraviolet Torus as, "a seductive, uncarnate float-fall through a crystallography of love and death and language."

Dale's work can be found at Back Patio Press, Surfaces, and dreamcore among other places. You can follow him on Twitter: @_blackzodiac. Dale's answers are below:

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sipping a vending machine beverage while overlooking the cross-section of an urban mall with zero responsibilities bearing down.

2. What is your greatest fear?

Dying in the ocean alone. I have had several nightmares about this where I awake, cheeks wet & hot with tears.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My sickening validation-seeking ways.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Moral superiority.

5. Which living person do you most admire?

Kevin Shields. 

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

Every couple of years, I purchase a ridiculously expensive garment. I am pleased (?) to inform you I own a Stone Island top that cost me like a weekly wage.

7. What is your current state of mind?

Peaking on NEETness.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


9. On what occasion do you lie?

To avoid confrontation in the throes of addiction.

10.What do you most dislike about your appearance?

As a teen, my concave chest, but I’ve got over that. Possibly the way my eyes point downward and I constantly look exhausted because of it. 

11. Which living person do you most despise?

Fuck, these are great questions. Let’s let it all out. Russell Brand.

12. What is the quality you most like in a man?


13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?


14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Hyper-capitalist, or something, shitshow.

15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

What: silent, empty warm spaces.

Who: my daughter.

16. When and where were you happiest?

In a past that I’ve never known.

17. Which talent would you most like to have?

Some pornstar skills to reach Nirvana.

18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I want to say my anxiety, but I think that all of its negatives have helped me become a better person/artist. So, I wouldn’t change that. Maybe the internal freak outs associated with it though.

19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

That I’m not dead.

20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Probably an air conditioning unit in the Japanese summer. Providing a lone apartment dweller some well-deserved respite from the rays of the forceful sun.

21. Where would you most like to live?

A minimalist apartment with barely anything to clean or maintain.

22. What is your most treasured possession?

Quite an uncanny, ironic segue from my last answer. Probably the small Chinese dragon box which houses my gemstones, little snips of quotes that mean something to me and various drug paraphernalia.

23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Being oblivious to how shit things really are.

24. What is your favorite occupation?

Muji retail assistant.

25. What is your most marked characteristic?

Otaku level fan appreciation for things I believe deserve it.

26. What do you most value in your friends?

Their ability to score on a whim.

27. Who are your favorite writers?

Walter Benjamin, Fernando Pessoa, JG Ballard, William Gibson, German Sierra.

28. Who is your hero of fiction?

I don’t really think in terms of ‘heroes’ & ‘villains.’ Let’s go with Dr Vaughan from Crash.

29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Would Baudelaire be considered a historical figure?

30. Who are your heroes in real life?

Anyone who can permeate my 
soul with light.

31. What are your favorite names?

Kotaro, Arisu, Yue, Jade, Joel.

32. What is it that you most dislike?

People that thin
k they are intelligent because they follow populist politics. People who believe their ‘left’ or ‘right’ allegiance in politics is earth-shattering. Those sucky, smug political union reps at college/university.

33. What is your greatest regret?

Not producing any art while I was untethered & single.

34. How would you like to die?

How the dude in Enter the Void dies.

35. What is your motto?

Try as best you can not to let responsibility get in the way of a relaxing time without devolving into an absolute asshole.

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