Spencer Lucas Oakes



What is your favorite line from your featured piece in The Ginger Collect?

“I’m hypnotized by the way melted glacier ice washes over skin like cool slime and how the narcissus blossom so brightly and as violent as the conceptual heavens painted in a cathedral.”


Who is your most beloved author?

Lately, Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai. I don’t think I have a most beloved author, I get really into different writers and artists at different times.


Do you have a favorite quote from this author?

“There is no peace. Living under the conditions of war is natural. Instead of expecting the apocalypse to come, we need to understand that we are already living in it. The apocalypse has already commenced.” – Laszlo Krasznahorkai


What inspired your piece?

I’ve been writing flash about mundane situations: painting a room, digging a hole. And I wondered, what would be the worst thing my narrator could do to get fired from a normal job like working at a paint store, without making the 6 o’clock news. It all started there.


You can read Spencer Lucas Oakes’s piece in Issue Three of The Ginger Collect: Fresco.