Swimmers Club

Originally from Misfits Mag, 2016


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Municipal Pool

Check which is the shallow end and note the point where you will be out of your depth.


Who: Scott McClanahan
Where: West Virginia, USA
What: Writer

So, who are you?

I'm trying to figure that one out too.

Where are you from?

Generally Rainelle WV. Wild and Wonderful. Specifically from the loins of Gary and Audrey.

What do you do?

From the look of the past couple days I answer interview questions for a living.

What time is it where you are and what are you doing right now?

It's 8:37pm and I'm trying to get Julia to ghost write these interview answers for me.

Who or what are you influenced by?

It's like the Leonard Cohen idea that it’s easier to talk about a scar than a pimple. But my honest pimply answer would be professional wrestling, The Statler Brothers and stock car races.

I could give you a pretentious one talking about Bruno Schulz or Witold Gombrowicz if you'd like.

Are you one of those people who like really loves technology?

I don't even have a computer. I'm typing this up on my phone and it's a real pain in the ass to type up your interview answers on a phone.

Do you still listen to music? If so, what's been the best stuff you've heard all year?

The Holler Boys are pretty amazing. You can order their hit single and B-side from Fat Possum records here.

Do you read? Tell us about good books you read this year?

I just finished Chelsea Martin's Mickey. It's pretty fucking amazing. Juliet Escoria's Witch Hunt is so good I married her.

 What are you currently working on?

I just finished up the appendix to The Incantations of Daniel Johnston from Two Dollar Radio. It's a graphic novel by Ricardo Cavalo. I wrote the text. It's out this summer. I'm also working on a book called Fights. It's all about fights I have with Julia. 

'Every single commodity you produce is a piece of your own death'. Discuss?

Death is just an occasion to say something cool. "Either this wallpaper goes or I do" or more likely (insert sound of the death rattle here).

So do you fancy yourself as some kind of artist or what?

Artists are just people who say mean shit about one another on Facebook. Seems like they're all really into social change now, too. Hope it works out for them.

'Quit... quit... you should quit... you should quit... you should... you should...'. Should you quit?

I'm all about encouraging people to quit. It cuts down on the competition.

Are you just in it for the money? 

Money is just something you throw off the back of a train.

Can you give us the names of two other interesting people who you think we may not have heard of but should have heard of?

Giancarlo DiTrapano from Tyrant Books. Best editor alive. The writer Chelsea Hodson. The writer Jimmy McDonough. One of the real greats of the past three decades.


'Daniel Johnston' 

by Scott McClanahan (Author), Ricardo Cavolo (Artist) is available to pre-order here.

"[Ricardo Cavolo's] bright and bold creations depict misfit characters in Frida Kahlo-esque folk art tones and bring 'em into a contemporary context with cool details like glasses, tattoos, bikes and dope shoes." —Huck Magazine

"[Scott McClanahan is] the Poet Laureate of Real America." —The Millions

Long a fan of Daniel Johnston—"one of the best-loved songwriters in the alternative rock universe"—internationally acclaimed artist Ricardo Cavolo illustrates Johnston's colorful life, from his humble beginnings as a carnival employee to folk musician in Austin, his rise from underground sensation to MTV popularity, and his persistent struggle with the personal demons that plague him.

McClanahan's accompanying text brings the author's unique zeal to Johnston's tale, supporting Cavolo's rich artwork to realize an irresistible, readable, and striking book.

Ricardo Cavolo is a world-renowned Spanish artist whose artwork has been on display everywhere from Moscow to Montreal. He has completed artwork for Absolut Vodka, the Glastonbury Festival (United Kingdom), Urban Outfitters (France, Germany, England), Nike, FC Barcelona, and Fox Sports Mexico.

Scott McClanahan is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Crapalachia, Hill William, and The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan: Volume 1. The Washington Post has called McClanahan's work "the genuine article.