A. Waiter, ESL teacher, cook.
A. The Maret School in DC for high school, Vassar and Sarah Lawrence for college.
A. U2. That's OLD U2, by the way.
A. Night of the Living Dead. (The original)
A. The Wire
A. Get back to where you once belonged. Again.
A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.
A. I think it was Proust who said that we never know when we're happy, only when we were happy. I don't know about perfect happiness, but I know I'd enjoy being able to inhabit certain moments of the past again, only as the person that I am now. To climb back into my past self kind of like a space suit and do it all over again, the same only... different. Actually, I think a lot of writers have this dream, and that that's one reason why at least some people become writers to begin with.
A. The psychologist Carl Jung said somewhere that at bottom, everyone's greatest fear is hell. Not the Christian hell, necessarily, but a place of ultimate darkness and negativity. A place that's DOWN, not UP. I think he was right. Well, he was right about me at least.
A. Out of it, but in it. (See question 4 above)
A. Georg Trakl (eccentric early 20th century Austrian poet). Talk about someone who wanted to be in the world but out of it.
A. Robert Bly
A. Changes by the book, though there are always a lot. In The Modern Book of the Dead, "utterly" was a problem.
A. Same as (pretty much) everyone's: Not living my life differently.
A. Complete, serene disregard for the consequences of any of my actions. Or singing.
A. Writing my first book. Because I really, really didn't know what I was talking about, but had to pretend I did, and doing that every day for a year and a half gets tiring.
A. Weak character in spots. (See question 1)
A. I'm not completely unconscious of my flaws.
A. A benign poltergeist would be pretty fun, at least for a while. Maybe in the future.
A. Danny in The Shining.
A. Jack, in same.
A. I wouldn't mind being able to ask the Buddha if he really didn't believe in the existence of the self.
A. Rude people, smoking. (Just kidding about the smoking)
A. Marine biologist
A. I'm a fan of all the usual ones.
A. Spaghetti or opium.
A. Really? Okay, let's see. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" -- Joy Division. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" -- U2. "Dreaming" -- Blondie. "Moonlight Mile" -- The Rolling Stones. "I Am the Resurrection" -- The Stone Roses
A. J. M. Coetzee, Nicholas Berdyaev, Robert Bly, Paul Bowles, and Henry Miller.
A. Meditations on the Tarot by Valentin Tomberg, The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo, Hunger by Knut Hamsun, Far Tortuga by Peter Matthiessen, and Unancestral Voice by Owen Barfield.
A. Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces
A. If the part that isn't any fun wasn't there, there would be even MORE books in the world.
A. "Your childhood sounds like it was so... interesting."