An Interview With Mike Cernovich – Part 2
Mr. Cernovich is the author of the aforementioned Gorilla Mindset as well as Danger and Play: Essays on Embracing Masculinity and Juice Power!: How to Juice for Healing, Fat Loss, and Lifelong Health. He’s also the producer of the upcoming documentary Silenced! about the decline of free speech in the modern west. Yesterday’s Part 1 focused on his bestselling book, Gorilla Mindset. Today’s Part 2 focuses on writing, publishing, and business. Finally, Tomorrow’s Part 3 will focus on Mr. Cernovich himself and his upcoming projects. As always, this interview is presented unedited exactly as he gave it to me.
What made you decide to get serious about writing?
I also wrote out of passion, but to make a living doing this, I had no choice other than to get serious.
How long did it take you to write your first book?
Since Gorilla Mindset was my life’s work and was published last year, 37 years sounds about right. Sitting down to write took between 6 and 18 months.
How much time do you spend writing every day?
Do you enjoy the writing process or is it a slog?
I love writing blogs and Twitter posts. I do not enjoy writing books. The process of writing, re-writing, editing, formatting, etc. bores me.
You’ve been picked as an ?editor at large? for Castalia House. Have they published any books you’ve picked yet?
The people I want to write have less confidence in themselves than they should.
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell
But there’s no hurry. Life is a long game.
Can you talk about anything forthcoming that you’re looking at for them?
We need a solid book on nationalism, as there isn’t an fair treatment of nationalism in America. RamZPaul is the man to write this book, but he’s never written a book. I’d like to sit down with him and get him writing. I’d also like to get a book by Steve Sailer or John Derbyshire out.
You’re working on an upcoming documentary film. How did that come about?
To change culture, you must make movies. Must. It’s not optional. As much impact as I have on social media and through my writing, you can’t compete with films. Full stop.
I knew I had to do a film on free speech, but had no idea how to make that happen. I met a film director through Milo Yiannopoulos and decided to take the risk.
I agreed to fully fund Silenced (silencedmovie.com) myself. It certainly caused me some anxiety to agree to outlay that kind of money without any guarantee that I’d get it back.
With book writing, I’m a profit-making machine. With films, who knows?
I had to apply my own Gorilla Mindset methods to calm myself down.
I ran a Kickstarter, which raised nearly $80,000 from 1,000 people (some donations came in after the Kickstarter had ended).
Working on a film while finishing a book and growing a massive social media profile while exposing hoaxes and breaking news has worn me out and it’s time to relax.
No one ever said changing the culture would be easy!
Care to tell us a bit about the film itself?
Who is censoring us? When you write something (or don’t write something) is it because the government might kick down your door? In the West, that isn’t a problem. The issue is that we are censoring each other.
Silenced looks at what free speech means to people from all walks of life. We talk to Milo Yiannopoulos, Anthony Cumia, Alan Dershowitz, Dave Rubin, Scott Adams, and many others from all walks of life.
Got any ideas what’s coming down the pipeline after Silenced?
Truthfully I may take some serious time offline. I have been “on” for about three years straight now and am really starting to feel it.
Some say Andrew Breitbart was killed by Twitter, and I am starting to understand that.
Even when living your passion, it’s important to take some down time.
I also have a child on the way. Don’t be surprised if I go quiet for a few months around November.
Thus ends Part 2. Come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion as we talk about Mr. Cernovich himself.
- An Interview With Mike Cernovich – Part 1
- An Interview With Mike Cernovich – Part 2
- An Interview With Mike Cernovich – Part 3