NOTEBOOK: Did you always want to write as well?
MEKAS: I never wanted to write, I simply always wrote. [Chuckles] I never thought about it, it just happened.
NOTEBOOK: Even before your diaries began?
MEKAS: Even before I could write I made drawings. My early drawings began at age six or seven. Then I learned to write and began writing, keeping farmer's diaries, very down to earth—no introspection, nothing personal. My early diaries were so factual that you could draw them like the lens captures what's in front of it.
NOTEBOOK: Some of your poetry, particularly Idylls of Semenškiai, has a similar observational quality. I assume you were writing that later on, looking back at your hometown?
MEKAS: Yes, that was when I was already in Germany, immediately after the war when I was 21 or 22. Those poems are very factual, down to earth, I used to call it 'documentary poetry.'
NOTEBOOK: Do you think it was inevitable that your films would also have diaristic qualities?
MEKAS: Of course I'm still the same person only enriched by experience—time, exposure to different arts, et cetera—but it all comes from the same place; it's all me.