xTx is a writer living in Southern California. Her work has been published in places like The Collagist, [PANK], Hobart, The Rumpus, The Chicago Review, Smokelong Quarterly and Wigleaf.
Sam: Can you tell me a little bit about Today I Am A Book (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015)?
xTx: It’s a collection of pieces of parts of a person. That person is me. The parts are many different things. My intention for the parts—as is my intention with most of my writing—is to do things to you. You, meaning the reader. Things, meaning, impairment; both good and bad.
S: What drove you to write this book?
x: I wanted to try to be something else every day for a year. I fell short.
S: What are five adjectives you would use to sum up the work?
x: Hairy, Horny, Pregnant, Flea-bitten, Diseased
S: What drink would you say best characterizes the work? You don’t have to name a specific brand (unless you want to). I’m looking for an answer like beer, wine, bourbon, vodka, coffee, et cetera.
x: I think a Black & Tan poured over a Moscow Mule served in an abandoned left-foot rain boot.
S: What are you working on now?
x: Revisions to my novel.
The Flea-Bitten Mule
This drink is dirty and weird and tastes off at first. The smoothness of the stout combines with the spicy ginger for an invigorating base that is amplified by the burn of the vodka. The pickle juice shot is intended to mimic the smelly foot that left the rain boot behind and while it may seem off at first, complements the other flavors. When I think of this drink, I think of an animal that’s been left in a rainy barn over night.
4 oz stout beer
1 oz vodka
2 oz ginger beer
1 oz pickle juice
Using a copper cup (if you have one), pour vodka and ginger beer over crushed ice and stir. Add stout. Either float pickle juice on top or take as a shot after drinking the beverage.