Confession Book

Dylan Fremont is a writer and the stories he tells are about escape. His alias is Dylan Fremont. He uses an alias in order to impersonate himself so that he may commit fraud. Fraud is the tool he uses to enter deathtraps and then escape. In a different time, during an age of magic perhaps, he may have been an escapologist like Nicholas Owen, who escaped his torturers in 1606 and remained aloof until sometime in the 20th Century. He says, “the one-world-system is a deathtrap; but there has only ever been one world system and it is called capitalism.” 

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Just freedoms to do this or not do that. To be this or not be that.

What is your greatest fear? Being trapped in a narrow space or being trapped in space. Just being trapped, I guess. Or maybe simply being.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Sincerity.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Ego.

Which living person do you most admire? The Holy Spirit.

What is your greatest extravagance? Auspicious beginnings.

What is your current state of mind? Not jaded.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Success. Followed by purity. And then good looks.

On what occasion do you lie? On every occasion. Sometimes lies can reveal truth. It’s the truth that can be lifted from a cracked, distorted mirror that I’m most interested in.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? The back of my head.

Which living person do you most despise? The architects of the black iron prison.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Sensitivity.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Toughness.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I am not really here.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? They know who they are.

When and where were you happiest? When I was a child, marooned on a desert island.

Which talent would you most like to have? Panhandling with objectivity and class, dignity intact.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My conscience.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Pity.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A two-headed herbivore eagle.

Where would you most like to live? Somewhere else.

What is your most treasured possession? The many coffee-stained pages I have torn out of the bible.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being a minor character in somebody else’s dream.

What is your favorite occupation? Psychogeography.

What is your most marked characteristic? Camouflaged determination.

What do you most value in your friends? Sincerity. Depth of feeling. Intelligence. Moral vision.

Who are your favorite writers? Some of my favourite writers include Homer, Plato, Sophocles, St. John of Patmos, Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, Cervantes, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, William Blake, Friedrich Nietzsche, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Leo Tolstoy, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCarthy, and Don DeLillo.

Who is your hero of fiction? Odysseus. Or maybe Don Quixote. No, Prince Myshkin. How about Falstaff?

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Socrates or Diogenes.

Who are your heroes in real life? Social do-gooders. Those that feed and clothe the poor and steal coins out of parking meters.

What are your favorite names? Let’s say Orpheus and Persephone.

What is it that you most dislike? The pedestrian tyranny of questions.

What is your greatest regret? Wasted time.

How would you like to die? I haven’t decided.

What is your motto? Death to all bosses and mottos too.