About Jared Dillian
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. ETF trader (punching bag), Index Arbitrage trader (janitor), Coast Guard Officer (government employee)
Q. Favorite job
A. My current one, newsletter writer, becuase I get paid to think.
Q. High school and/or college
A. HS: Norwich Free Academy, 1992. College: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1996.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. I go through phases, but I would have to say Boom Jinx, from Norway. He's brilliant.
Q. Favorite movie
A. Requiem For A Dream
Q. Favorite television show
A. House, M.D.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Nasty, brutish, and short.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. People don't get what they deserve, they just get what they get.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. It's a unicorn--doesn't exist.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Loss of control.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right here.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Alan Greenspan--the most unprincipled principled person I know.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I don't really admire people; we're all deeply flawed.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I try to avoid verbal tics.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I don't know, but these people who go around saying they have no regrets are liars.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Producing electronic music.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I've done a lot of cool stuff, but there was this party I DJed one time...
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'm self-absorbed.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm ferocious.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Another existential question. Me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Richard Nixon. You never should have suspended convertibility.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Babies in restaurants. Or on airplanes. Or anywhere, actually.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Um, that's all I do.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Global International World Famous DJ
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Intelligence, ambition, and loyalty.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I'm not going to bore you, you haven't heard of any of this stuff.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Barry Hannah is my hero.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Most of it is boring financial stuff, I don't think you care.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Rereading books always seemed like a waste of time to me.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. That I'm crazy. Ok, I get it.