Author Mira Gonzalez Tells Us About Her Plans for 4/20, Passing as "White," and Her Twitter Habit

Apr 20 2016

Author Mira Gonzalez Tells Us About Her Plans for 4/20, Passing as “White,” and Her Twitter Habit

April 20th, 2016

Mira Gonzalez, 23, is a poet, prolific tweeter and psychosexual voice of an internet generation. Her first book, a collection of poetry, was I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together (Sorry House, 2013). Her second book, a collaboration with Tao Lin called Selected Tweets (Short Flight/Long Drive Books, 2015), explores some of Gonzalez and Lin’s overlapping interests, including existential angst, relationships and drugs.

Gonzalez writes tweets that are tiny stories, like “i’m out of tampons. should i just use my dog instead?”and ones that are more like mantras: “long live caffeinated four loko.” Her words, whatever form they take, can be hilarious, despairing, provocative, silly, loving, sexy and surprising.

Recently, she wrote about being high for three days straight after drinking Foria, an “all-natural coconut oil-based marijuana lubricant.” In honor of 4/20 today, she answers a few quick questions for The Influence.

Are you ok after drinking that marijuana lube?

I’ve literally never been okay but I’m pretty sure I’m alive with no detectable brain damage.

What are your plans for 4/20?

I plan to start smoking weed early and be asleep by 7:30 pm.

Any drug-related book recommendations, fiction or non-fiction?

I liked Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami and White Out:The Secret Life of Heroin by Michael Clune.

What’s more addictive, Twitter or weed?


What’s one of your favorite tweets you’ve written?

The tweets I like most are the ones I post from a place of real desperation. Stuff like ‘help me, im mira’ or ‘please give me money’ or ‘what are the best games for nintendo 3DS?’

In February you tweeted: “why aren’t there any new drugs? i’m already bored with all existing drugs. this is mira, officially requesting new drugs.”

Have you found any?

I just recently discovered something called ‘nootropics’ that my friend Walter recommended. I haven’t tried it yet, it’s being shipped to me. I think it’s supposed to feel like Adderall. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Do you ever worry about talking so openly about drug use?

Despite my last name, I can usually pass as “white” in real life, so the cops likely don’t give a shit what I do. Also, I think my hatred for LAPD (and cops in general) runs so deep that if I spend too much time thinking about cops or getting arrested, I get upset. So no, I don’t really worry about it too much.

Is there anything you want to promote? Or anything or anyone you want to demote?

I’d like to promote Bernie Sanders and demote everyone who isn’t Bernie Sanders. Also, if you ordered my book from the sorry house website and you haven’t received it yet, I am sorry. It is my publisher’s fault. You can email him at

You can order Mira’s books here and here, and check out her tweets @miragonz if you want to get “high” on youth, dark humor and bright sadness.