Written by Roundsquared Chumolette
Note from Faith Oneya: This is one of those interviews I wish I had conducted!Roundsquared conducted this Q&A with himself!
Why do you write under the name Chumoto?
..That’s a nickname which goes back to the days of my youth. When there were those Japanese Safari rally drivers.. with real weird names.. yakamoto, fujimoto, kumamoto.. and my friends nicknamed me chumomoto which I shortened to chumoto. So as you can see, it’s a childhood hangover.
—What is the best early training for a writer?
..An unhappy childhood.
–-Did you have one?
..Yes! I always felt unloved. In fact when I was born, I had to find my way home from the hospital. Ha ha ha ha
—That cannot be true.
..I don’t say what can be true. I say what could be true.. of course isn’t.
—Why do you write?
..Each writer has his reasons for writing. For one, art is a flight, for another a means of conquering, and..
—But one can flee into hermitage; into madness, death, one can conquer by arms. Why does it have to be writing? Why does one have to manage his escapes and conquest by writing?
..Because behind the various aims of an author, lies a deeper and more immediate choice common to us all. One of the chief motives of artistic recreation is the need of feeling that we’re essential to the world. The writer neither foresees nor conceptualizes but projects.
—Does one ever write for himself?
..It isn’t true that one writes for himself. In projecting his emotions on paper, one barely manages to give them a languishing experience. The creative art is only an incomplete and abstract in the production of the work of art. If the author existed alone, he wouldn’t be able to write as much as he liked but the operation of writing implies that, of writing as its ‘dialectical correlative’ and these two connected acts necessitate two distinct agents-author and reader.
–-Is there then no art except for and by other?
..I believe that the work of art doesn’t have an end. It exists first as art. A reader assumes full responsibility for it. The author writes in order to address himself to freedom of readers and requires it in order to make his work exist. The basis or reading rests on the readers will. Reading is a pact of generosity between author and reader. Each trusts the other. The artist aims at providing the aesthetic pleasure which the latter has to appreciate.
—Explain the relationship between the writer and reader.
..To write is both to disclose to the world and to offer it as a task to the generosity of the reader. Writing is a certain way of wanting freedom. Once you’ve began, you’re engaged willy-nilly.
–Since fiction does not tell the truth, is it not immoral, at best useless?
..I wouldn’t go to the philosophical and metaphysical details, but yes, art is imitative and uses representation of nature in artistic creation, truth is not how men live and manage their affairs in an ideal state and artists represent their ideas and minds and entails the concept of truth and history. The real artist would be interested in realities and not in imitation.
–What would you consider true, serious and useful art?
..Aaah.. it must be representation through a specific medium like fiction , drama , poetry, etc. and that if the art is an imitation, then the objective would men doing or expressing something, men in action. I can classify art according to kinds of people it represent. For example, they are either better than they are in real life or worse, it’s the same. One could present characters on the grand, heroic scale or treat them ironically or humorously, the petty follies of men, but this should not be trivialized though.
|Occupation||satirist, playwright, writer|
|Interests||writing fiction, drama & prose.|
|Favourite Music||roots reggae, arabic, taarab|
|Favourite Books||especially by moliere, kafka, pushkin, cervantes, GBS, naipaul, soyinka, hugo,coetzee, & great eggspectations by charles chickens, conrad, joyce, ..etc|
People come up to me and say, Mr. Round Square, do people really come up to you?