'Please, Open this Book!' by Adam Lehrhaupt
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Create as much as possible, love deeply, and enjoy every moment.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. This one is tough. I really like the tragic ones. Frankenstein's monster, Darth Vader or even Capt. Ahab (The whale is the hero of that one, right?)
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I wouldn't mind being a divine entity for a while. All powerful, maybe. But, not forever. Just a quick trial day to get a feel for it and then back to being me.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. If we are talking historical literary character, I'd go with The Fool, from King Lear. This might be partially due to loving the book Fool by Christopher Moore, but I loved Lear when I studied it in college and always wondered about this character. He seems smart and put together, but he follows this raving mad man around the countryside. I'd want to know why and what he got out of it.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. On a cool sunny day, I sit in the shade of a tree at the edge of a beach. A light breeze blows across, and ruffles the pages of my book. I can hear my kids playing in the sand to my side. My wife dozes contentedly on our blanket. Birds chirp quietly in the distance. Moisture glistens as it runs down the side of my cold beverage. Yeah, that about sums it up.