Jonny Sun Explores Human Nature

Jonathan Sun - Author Photo (Credit Alexander Tang)

Jonathan Sun, Photo by Alexander Tang

Jonathan Sun is a doctoral student in Urban Studies at MIT – but he’s better known as @jonnysun, the alien character twitter phenomenon with nearly 500,000 followers. Jonny Sun’s profile self-describes as “aliebn confuesed abot humamn lamgauge”. It’s true, this creative spelling and exploration of human nature is in his delightful new graphic novel, Everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too.

Two days before the solar eclipse, Jonathan Sun came to KBOO to chat with me about becoming a twitter phenomenon, balancing the worlds of academia and art and using his alien character to explore what it means to be human (despite Jonny Sun not actually meeting any humans).

This interview aired on XRAY.FM for the September 1, 2017 episode of Intersections Radio. Check out the podcast!

Air date (XRAY): 9/1/2017 
**Read the transcript of the interview: 090617 Intersections with Jonathan Sun transcript