A much delayed interview from Heather:
1. You are on a train. Also on this train is a criminal being transported to another facility to join Death Row for the murder of a child. The train crashes and the two of you are the only survivors. He will also die if you do not help him out of the wreckage. Do you?
I think the urge for self-preservation would be the strongest, but if I could save him and not kill myself, I probably would.
2. What book has changed your life or way of thinking? If none, what book would you say you relate to – that you are “most like”?
Microserfs has remained with me for the last almost 10 years – I identify with something different each time I read it, and for me that’s a sign of a good book. Reading The Alchemist changes me every time – it’s so simple and wonderful. I identified with Little Miss Strange in a seriously big way the summer between high school and college – I haven’t read it since, but it was one of those that changed a lot for me. And the entire Tom Robbins oeuvre changed the way I looked at literature and writing, because I learned from him that writing didn’t have to be serious – that words could play jokes on themselves – that you could be erudite and have fun at the same time.
3. Which of these Simpsons character would you prefer to date? Homer, Marge, Moe, Mr. Smithers, Monty Burns, Barney, Ned Flanders, or Ms. Krabopple.
Probably Marge, though that blue hair is disconcerting.
4. You are on a desest island/in the desert/at the end of the world – whatever. You have an unlimited supply of food and drink, but only one selection each. What would you choose to drink forever? To eat forever?
Oh lord, that’s a tough one. Probably a good tea, and French bread. Tea is good iced or hot, and I could eat bread forever.
5. And because I had the most fun with this from petebeck: You are Queen For One Day and have total (mortal) control over the whole world. What do you do with your day?
First I would do all sorts of lovely humanitarian things like create world peace, though I know it would be tenuous, and resolve the nation’s healthcare problems. I know National Health is worlds away and totally antithetical to our insurance-and-lawsuits-driven society, but I would like to do my part. Like Heather, I would give everyone a day off work with pay. Oh, and I would get rid of The Chief and ensure that my grad school friends had good healthcare and a better income.
Then some fun things for me – I would establish myself with a few lovely big houses – one where I live now, another in some coastal town, and perhaps an international abode or two, as well as guarantee that I can live in these places rent/mortgage and tax free for the rest of my life. I would fill these houses with good food, good books, and all sorts of pretty things. Then I would do the same for my family and my dearest friends. In the morning I would meet with advisors from all over the world who would help me figure out my ideal job, and then in the afternoon I would make that job happen. Then I would go swimming. Jamie Oliver would cook me (and my royal consort) dinner. I’m assuming world travel is out because I only have one day, but I’d like to watch the sunset (perhaps in the above-mentioned coastal town) with a really good wine and my boy.