A. Previous? I haven't quit my day job. I am a Final Cut Pro editor freelancing in film, television and whatever else you can think of. Before that, I was an assistant editor, and before that, a scrappy intern trying to become those last two things. Sorry, I have very few interests. I didn't spend a year on a sailing ship or healing the sick in India or anything.
A. I worked in a Final Cut Pro lab in college. I got paid to sit there, surrounded by Macs, watching movies and playing on the Internet. I still miss that job.
A. I attended Bronxville High School in a tiny WASP suburb, and then went to Northwestern University, where I majored in radio-tv-film with a minor in English lit. I did the minor because I wasn't really up for the full spectrum, I just wanted to study Shakespeare. Bizarrely, I guess it paid off.
A. The Beatles. John had the iconoclastic spirit, but Paul was the better songwriter. I've learned to live with the split.
A. Ghostbusters. The perfect comedy.
A. Of all time: "Black Adder". Of all time, American: "Frasier". Currently running: "Glee".
A. A series of unmitigated failures I'd never trade.
A. If you carry an umbrella it won't rain.
A. There's no such thing in this world, at least not for me. I've learned that the goal isn't to get rid of all the things that make you sad. It's more a case of having them and being happy anyway.
A. Unending financial woes. Also, unpunctuality. My recurring nightmare is being late for something.
A. I'm one of those guys who gets hives if he strays too far from New York.
A. I was named for the Biblical Adam and I've come to appreciate it as the years go on. He represents man's infinite capacity to screw up.
A. It wouldn't be anyone you'd have heard of. I've learned it's best not to put much stock in larger-than-life role models.
A. I've been using "God help me / us / us all" and its variants a lot lately. This strikes me as troubling on more than one level.
A. Waiting till after college to educate myself on investments and financial literacy and the like. I could have made wiser choices with my money than just saving in a bank, and thus lost so much more in the late-2000s crash.
A. Good question. In the field of writing, I'm jealous of those guys who can put together plots like clockwork, especially when it all comes together and connects. This covers all sorts of genres, from Alan Moore to a million mystery authors to the "Seinfeld" writing team.
A. My short films. They're my children. No, they're not famous, they're not flashy, they weren't an industry "calling card", they didn't land me an agent or a manager or a deal. They're something more important; they're part of me.
A. I'm the last of the world's great pessimists. I believe that not only is the glass half empty, but the water's been poisoned and someone is planning to force it down my throat at an inconvenient moment.
A. I'm incredibly honest (to the point where some might consider it a flaw). For a less controversial choice, I'll drop everything to help a friend.
A. I think I'd enjoy being a house cat, and what's more, I think I'd be pretty good at it.
A. I have a speech impediment. Nothing too crippling on the clarity end. Unfortunately it makes everything I say sound like it was spoken by the Comic Book Guy from "The Simpsons".
A. Rocky Balboa, Batman. I guess I like 'em in that sublime space between the human and the ridiculous.
A. Darth Vader. No contest.
A. My brand image will suffer if I don't say "Shakespeare" here. But I've visited his grave twice (and you have to pay, you know) and there's nothing to say. I think I'd ask a very simple but revealing question, like, which play did you personally enjoy most, or which part would you have enjoyed playing. Look, I've met a lot of famous people and every time I've tried to ask a deep question it's gone nowhere.
A. Apostrophe misuse, specifically of the "I have two dog's" variety. No! No! Stop doing this, people!
A. I'm a video editor. It's important to have a day job you like, folks.
A. Writer. (It's still a fantasy for me until you hear otherwise.) Also, movie titles designer.
A. Honesty, humility and—I don't know if there's one good word for this, but I like people with a strong sense of themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, the whole meta thing.
A. Pizza. It's literally in my DNA; my mother ate pizza five days a week while she was pregnant, right up till the day she stopped working, which wasn't that far away from my arrival.
A. "Let it Be" by The Beatles; "Pop Goes the World" by Men Without Hats; "Breakthru" by Queen; "Hardware Store" by Weird Al Yankovic; "And She Was" by Talking Heads
A. I don't think about 'favorite authors' in that way, but I guess I could list the authors who I will trust anything from—I see their name on the spine, I think, oh, I'll read that. Here's a good ten in alphabetical order: Douglas Adams, Dave Barry, Ray Carney, Michael Crichton, Robert Cormier, Roger Ebert, Alan Moore, Joe Queenan, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde. This is probably not a complete list. In all honesty, I'm not the most well-read person on the planet.
A. The top three I'm sure on, the bottom two are kind of revolving positions, but regardless. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams "The Lord of the Rings" by JRR Tolkien "Watchmen" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons "Fade" by Robert Cormier "The Pushcart War" by Jean Merrill
A. I keep yearly compilations of "The Onion" near my bed. They make comforting night-time reading.
A. Do not under any circumstances take career advice from me.
A. Unfortunately, "full of win" and "epic", with "FTW" bringing up the rear. This is what happens when the bulk of your audience is on the Internet. Frankly, I'd much rather hear people say they hated my work.