About Jeffrey Lang
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I've spent most of my professional life working in academic publishing. As a colleague noted many years ago, it's a clean way to make a living.
Q. Favorite job
A. In my youth, I worked in a used book store/comic book shop. It was tremendously fun.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Wilson High School in West Lawn, PA and Penn State University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Only one? Okay - today I pick Aimee Mann.
Q. Favorite movie
A. Citizen Kane. Cliche, yes, I know, but it still knocks me out every time I see it. Followed closely by Lawrence of Arabia.
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Generally tasty, including the charred gristly bits.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If you can't do something smart, do something right.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Failing to deliver on a promise. Also, those puppets in Rankin-Bass holiday specials.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On the beach in Turks & Caicos.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Stephen Colbert always looks likes he's having a lot of fun no matter what he's doing. I admire that tremendously.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Most? Most?! Good grief, where do I start? But within the context of this situation, I'd have to say I regret not writing more than I have so far. It took me a long time to figure out how to do this.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Ballroom dancing. I've tried several times and I just haven't been able to figure it out.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I've gotten pretty comfortable with myself.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I've gotten pretty comfortable with myself. (See, it's a two-edged sort of thing.)
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Currently, Finn the Human from Adventure Time.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. General Woundwort from Watership Down. He was so sure he was doing the right thing.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Based on what I've complained about today, the laziness of American automobile drivers who INSIST on parking as close to the store entrance as possible, no matter how much their behavior inconveniences others.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. A sense of humor. Fidelity. A capacity for forgiveness. So, what I'm looking for, basically, is a funny dog.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. In no particular order: Terry Pratchett, William Gibson, Richard Adams, Alan Moore, Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman, John Hodgman, Sarah Vowell, Neal Stephenson, Michael Chabon, Charles Dickens, Gary Trudeau, Roger Zelazny, Vernor Vinge, Harlan Ellison, Ursula LeGuin, Hayao Miyazaki, James Joyce, P.G. Wodehouse, Donald Westlake. I could go on, but I ran out of room on the little scratchpad I was writing on.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Here are a handful of books I've reread several times: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens; Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaimain; Watership Down by Richard Adams; (Inevitably) Lord of the Rings by Tolkein; The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin