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NO JUDGMENT is a weekly interview series feat. Timeless' lovely writers, so they can begin to assume a shape beyond floating heads in the twittersphere.
This week's personal esoterica comes courtesy of Gabriel Ojeda-Sague.
hindsight early email address or username? What age?
My first email address was dingodile51@earthlink. Dingodile is the name of a villain in the Crash Bandicoot games who is part dingo and, well, part crocodile.
You would be named Patron Saint of ______.
I would be named the Patron Saint of Uncomfortable Laughter.
What is a gift you received that made you feel truly seen?
A giant Tom of Finland coffee-table book.
If you gave this current period in your life a song title and/or band name, what would it be and why?
“Uh oh,” because…uh oh.
Share yr childhood vs. adulthood ~*comfort object of choice*~ (i.e. a special teddy, blankie, vape/joint, etc.).
My comfort objects have always been game controllers and video games. Video games feel like they give me a sense that everything is at default. I’m that kind of guy.
What is your least favorite food?
Salisbury steak. I just had a lot of really, really bad salisbury steak in the Miami-Dade public school system during elementary. I find it revolting, like eating a sponge that has absorbed barbecue sauce.
Do you resonate with yr Zodiac Sign? Say more.
I am the world’s greatest gossip, so yes I am a proud Leo.
Last form of “medicine” you offered yourself (can be emotional, spiritual, metaphysical)?
I got myself a massage recently because I’m in a high-stress moment, and I was worried I’d fart the whole time. I didn’t!
Share 3 of your recent google searches (no judgment xo).
“pepper verb” “Juliette Lewis” and “algorithm etymology.”
Share a reaction image/gif that represents you during yr writing process.
Check out Literary Hub where Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, author of Oil and Candle, weighs in on "Santería, poetry, and not feeling Latino 'enough'."
Some months ago I sat down with my boyfriend at a table where a woman he knew was also sitting. I can’t remember how we got into it, but she was talking about being Latina (Honduran, to be specific)—sort of to herself, sort of to us—and how Latinos were all very different. I wasn’t listening very closely because I was trying to do some writing, but I suddenly hear her say “Honestly, I can’t deal with Cubans. Like, they’re just not…” She sort of hung on the phrase and let it ring, as if she had already said what she wanted to. I looked up and asked her what she meant. “It’s just, to me, they aren’t real Latinos.” It was obvious that she had missed my very telling facial expression, somewhere between “what the fuck?” and “is she paying attention?” I said “My family is Cuban.” She sort-of tried to recover, saying, “Oh well, I don’t mean all Cubans, I mean especially the ones from Miami.” I had to laugh. I said, “I’m from Miami.” She again tried to recover, saying “Well, my friend just tells me Cubans from Miami are really out of touch with the rest of the Latino world.”
I bring her up not to embarrass her or to use her as a strawman, but to show that this is not an uncommon view of what Cuban-Americanness is from other Latinos. It’s not even the only time I’ve had this kind of conversation.
Read the rest at Lit Hub.
Davy Knittle has reviewed Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's Oil and Candle at Entropy:
Ritual and race are both typologies that people use to imagine a futurity they can live with, and both are troubled and leaned on in the poems, as is futurity itself. The speaker wonders whether they can produce and reproduce a viable future in which their body is valuable. In these poems, ancestry is futurity’s opposite. There is “no citizen; / no future;” but the speaker watches people desire both citizenship and futurity. The speaker positions both as being homologous with the conveyance of information.
Read the rest here.
This past Saturday, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague travelled to the Bay Area from Philly for the soft release of his new book Oil and Candle at Diesel Books!
We celebrated with readings by Hugo García Manríquez and Cheena Marie Lo!
There was also a performance by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, accompanied by Zach Ozma and Mary Hogan.