By Anthony Mitchell
Edited by Der Kosmonaut
These series of interviews were initially conducted with Der Kosmonaut by Anthony Mitchell for his new E-book Tragedy and Self-Destruction: As Humor in Microliterature.
These interviews and conversations were held at Black Coffee Co-Op, Bauhaus Coffee and Caffee Vita in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle between September 2014 and February 2015. Excerpts of these interviews are quoted in Tragedy and Self-Destruction. Der Kosmonaut provides a panorama of his outlook covering poetry, literature, music, philosophy, politics, history and his world travels in this wide ranging series of interviews and conversations.
Quotation marks are attributed to Der Kosmonaut. The rest of the text is written by Anthony Mitchell with editing done by Der Kosmonaut for grammar, punctuation and clarity.
15 September 2014
"They call it the net because they are trying to catch us.They call it the web because they are trying to trap us." Der Kosmonaut quoting “The Baroness”. “She nailed
it 18 years ago, a rich girl from the Upper East Side who was only 22 at
He said loss of privacy was acceptable to the petite
bourgeois, who are a very strong block. “Everything’s oriented toward
them,” he said. Then he quoted the Baroness above.
18 September 2014:
Der Kosmonaut was asked: When did irony become popular?
importance of new wave music in popularizing irony is described below
by Der Kosmonaut, a poet from New York City, interviewed for this
chapter on 18 September 2014. He said the new wave bands Devo and the
Talking Heads both employed irony.
On Devo: “Their entire show
was about it in 1975. They started this whole thing about being self
ironic. There is nothing in irony today that Devo has not already done.
They were self-effacing and their costumes were really gaudy. I’ll give
you a line from 1979 from their song Wiggly World,”
Let 'em wear gaudy colors
Or avoid display
Hey it don't matter
It's all the same
“Wiggly World” song on Devo’s album Duty Now for the Future, released
by Warner Bros Records Inc., 1979. The song was written by Bob
Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale.
“The Talking Heads were
totally ironic with their first album in ‘77. They were making piercing
social and political commentary.
“Then around 1994 and 1995,
“political correctness” became entrenched in political discourse. There
was a fear of being offensive.”