behind every inspiration is a purgation and catharsis from the creator of beautiful things-the author.
--Tell us something about yourself
.. I have a lot to say.. but you check out my profile first.
--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.
--Tell us more about your work.
..I am more into fiction and play writing. I’ve written two major works of fiction- ‘Road to Shashamane and ‘Sufferiation Street’. I have too a collection of short stories in one volume under the title of ‘The Round Square’. I have three major plays: ‘The Trial of Son of Man’, The Trials with God’ and ‘Under the Sun’. I am working at the fourth-‘A Benefit of Doubt’.
--What message do you carry on your latest play?
..Well, two serious ones actually. I am capitalizing on the importunities of women, when their beauty, is spurned. I bring out the grosser side of a woman’s passion and insinuations. How beauty can be falsely worshipped in a sort of self-indulgence contrasted with the growth of that true love of beauty.
I also delve deep into the issues of prudery and question the tyranny of conventional propriety.
--A comedy of propriety woven with scandals-why? That’s a veritable ingredient for a brewing criticism storm. Don’t you contradict yourself?
What do you mean?
--Say, why do you dwell on the negative issues?
..Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. Why do I write badly against the society that I live in?
Because as a genuine writer, no matter what I say or believe, I must feel in my blood ultimate enmity between art and traditional orthodoxy.
--Then wont’ you incur the wrath of that society in general and the women in particular?
..Not at all. it’s laughable for Nana and her minions all to agree that no man has a right to resist their solicitations. I don’t share her fears nor her appeal to the jealousy of the men folk against ultimate sanction of morality. Besides men and women have perennially had difficulty getting on with one another, and this difficulty have been compounded by women’s movement. So that the only thing we can do to keep our sanity is to imagine playful solutions to this eternal problem.
--So when do you get the readers to read this work of art?
..Soonest! Let the have a little patience as I fine tune with my editors.
copyright chumoto. Oct 3, 2008