Interview with Russ Lippitt author of Lion’s Share and FTW Rise Of The Anarchy March…
photo by Dave Deluxe
1. Hi Russ, this is Mircea from MPTY ZINE what’s up? Are you preparing for the launching of the book?
Mentally preparing yes, I’ve already heard what the opposition has said and I like. It scares them, you know. The power is within the words and with Zines like this, F.T.W. is off to a prominent start.
2. Tell me a couple of things about you, for our readers.
Well, I like long walks on the beach under the pale moonlight… haha! I don’t like to sound too narcissistic. All I would like to say about myself is that I have a voice, a loud fucking one!
3. I know that „Lion’s Share” was very well received and that you’ve got positive critique on it. What do you expect from „FTW: Rise of The Anarchy March”
I expect the message to get out. Just like Lion’s Share, I aimed to expose the troubled youth. The plights that this generation is growing up in. From poverty to prison, to ultimately destroy one’s self. It’s a problem and Lion’s Share was my rant. F.T.W. tackles another one of life’s problems, Government. And where it will lead us in the future, a dead end. I expect nothing but an understanding to reason.
4. Do you believe there’s a Doyle in every one of us, ready to fight or on the contrary, you believe that this generation is a lazy and indifferent one?
Doyle is a defiant voice lost in the sea of democracy. Every person has that Doyle, that rebel that wants to say ‘fuck you’ to everything and the world. Revolution is not a new idea and it’s been tested in the past many times before. The Glorious, Russian and the Chinese revolutions are just to name a few. I believe this generation is not necessarily lazy, but gluttonously stupid. They are fed with many distractions, from TV, to media, amusement parks, sports, etc… nothing productive for the longevity of a prosperous life. Society seems to overdose on these factors. Too much food gets you fat, too much chocolate gets you diabetes and so on and so forth. There has got to be a balance or your brain will just become mush for any manipulator with ulterior motives to come along and feed you ignorance. I’m a product of the environment and you have to play the game to survive, yet you can know the truth and strike when the opportunity arises to free one’s self from this new calculated form of slavery of the mind.
5. What are the writers that have influenced you?
I like writers who speak the truth, not the garbage you see in the movies or mass marketing novels that plagues and litters our non-convenience stores. Free thinkers like Howard Zinn and Emma Goldman. These equalists are the voice of reason for me and I can only try to achieve such passion for the written word to pass down to eager minds in the form of fiction.
6. If you would go out for a coffee with Obama, what advice would you give to him?
First off, he better be buying like a real socialist, and let’s make it a Gin and Tonic, shall we. I would say, Congratulations! You made history of being the first African-American to be President of the United States of America. Now make history and right the wrong. If he doesn’t get it, then change and hope that he campaigned on falls through the never ending cracks of a continually corrupt government. Time will tell, ask the extinct Roman Empire. America is very clever in that aspect. The American dream, all men are created equal and granted with unalienable right, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s just a dream, Mr. President, make it a reality.
7. If you could pick five things to take on a remote island, what would those things be?
My new novel: F.T.W. Rise of The Anarchy March (shame-less plug) No, seriously. It’s for the future generations, to remember values and priorities. Second would be my beautiful girlfriend, true love can’t be duplicated or replaced. Third, my faithful animal or two by my side. Fourth, would be fire. I’m a logical individual, it’s mans greatest discovery. And last but not least, I would like to bring you, everyone that is reading this interview. Having like-minded people is favorable to ones growth. Wow! I just created utopia. Is that cheating? Haha!
8. What kind of future projects are you working on?
Right now I’m living in Amsterdam working on yet another novel, another profound problem I see on the horizon. My aim is to write a mind fuck that doesn’t pull any punches. Also working on a five year long graphic novel, Creature Feature. You can check out my illustrator at work here: www.rlcreaturefeature.blogspot.com
9. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?
I’ll be 43, other than being an old man, I plan on making a statement that I’m a writer to be reckoned with, one to be remembered. It might take a few more years to do that, but hell, it took the Bible centuries to get that kind of propaganda out. Still today’s number one best seller, bigger than Harry Potter and Twilight combined. $$$$
10. Honestly, what do you know about Romania? (don’t use wikipedia!)
Oh, come on! I like Wikipedia and Wikileaks, knowledge is power. Off the top of my American educated head, I know Romania had a revolution back in the late eighty’s and Bram Stoker really put your country on the map. Lately I heard the punk scene is strong out there and one day I would like to take a gander.
11. Thanks a lot for answering all my questions and you have the last word.
I usually would save my last words for when it’s time to check out, but I would like to say just one thing. A definition if you will.
Anarchism:- The philosophy of a new social order based on the liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.
Do the math and know the facts before casting the first stone.