A. Check your sources and give 'em hell.
A. I'm tempted to say "my cat," but I don't want to seem lazy. Better an unsatisfied person than a satisfied pig, right? I think I'd make a good 1940s hardboiled private eye with a dark secret, though.
A. As a historian this one is tricky, because it's so tough to get into historical people's heads enough to really identify with them, so I'll pick my great great grandpa. He was the first guy in Iowa to sell ice cream cones, and worked as a carny, moving picture theatre owner, soda fountain owner, and gangbuster. I think that's all very neat.
A. "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton" by the Mountain Goats, "Dignity" by Bob Dylan, "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" by Weird Al, "This Tornado Loves You" by Neko Case, "How a Resurrection Really Feels" by The Hold Steady
A. Bruce Springsteen. Dude's in his 60s and still playing 4 hour shows that are like tent revivals, only I believe, I believe, I believe.... And the extent to which he throws himself into his work is just plain inspiring.