1) What is your favorite book and why? Are you the kind of person who reads your favorites over and over again, or do you read once and move on?
My favorite book is James Joyce's Ulysses, for a million reasons. It's intelligent, it's sexy, it's funny, it's insightful, it's the founding text of postmodernist literature, it's eminently readable and re-readable, it's brilliantly structured, it has memorable characters, and it's one of the first (and still one of the most successful) attempts to place the whole world and everything in it into a single novel. I definitely re-read my favorite books; I'm a different person when I return to a book, and I always get something new out of them when I re-read them. It's a useful thing to do as a writer, too.
2) What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten? How was it?
Hmmm. The strangest isn't neccessarily the worst. I've eaten a lot of wierd meat, like canned rattlesnake, and jellied lights, and sea cucumber. Probably the strangest single thing I have ever eaten was some clam jerky I got at the San Francisco airport a couple of years ago. I had to really think about this one; I'm sorry the answer isn't more interesting.
3) How would you describe your high school experience?
Nighmarish, overlong, unsatisfying, and punctuated with violence. If I had to use a good word to describe high school, it would be "over".
4) When our robot overlords finally take over the planet, what job function do you see yourself being given?
Well, I'd like to think that they'd look upon me as a kindred spirit, or at least a big fan, and would give me a cushy office job, or better yet, an operation to transplant my brain into a robot body. However, realistically, I probably would be turned into fertilizer or put to work building other robots. Perhaps if they have seen my movie, they will give me a job as their poet laureate.
5) If you could have a superpower, which would you prefer: flight or invisibility? Why?
Wow, another tough one. Whenever I'm selecting superpowers, I tend to pick the one that's most likely to save my ass, since I just naturally assume that I would use my powers for evil and a lot of people would want to kill me. Either of these would be useful, but I tend to think that flight would allow me to live slightly longer, since invisibility can be thwarted in so many ways. Eventually they'd blow me out of the air with a SAM, but I could probably have a pretty good time in the meanwhile.
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