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Lifted from jlundberg:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."

2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. You will update your livejournal/website with the answers to the questions and leave the answers as comments here (or at least provide a pointer to your site).

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

(Please Note, I don't actually care if you do question 5. But come down and volunteer. It feels like fun. I have many questions I would like to ask people. I will pretend to be a dying newspaper man with nothing to live for. It'll be those kinds of questions... what kind of questions would he ask, even?

Edit: If you don't have a livejournal and you want to be asked the questions anyway, feel free. Yeah, you know how you are.




Also, here's another meme from somewhere in my friendslist (I saw it a couple of times).

In Farenheit 451, volunteers memorise entire books, to preserve the text from burning: what text would you learn and save?

The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch.

(I've been thinking about Lynch lately. I wish he'd write another book of essays. Two is not enough. I think it might be time to buy his poetry books.)

Have you ever had a crush on a character in a book?

When I was young... we won't speak of it.

The last book you bought is:

Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.

The last book you finished is:

Lucius Shepard's A Handbook of American Prayer.

What are you currently reading:

Fritz Leiber's Horrible Imaginings, Adam Roberts' Swiftly, Liz Williams' The Banquet of the Lords of Night, and Dante's The Divine Comedy.

(There are a bunch of other collections I haven't finished, but those three are the ones I actively pick up in a spare half hour at the moment. There's no telling if it'll to them next week.)

Five desert island books:

How to Build Your Own Boat by whoever.
How to Prepare Deserted Island Food by whoever.
Building Your Robinson Crusoe Hunt by whoever.
Turning Natives into Slaves, by whoever.
And lastly, Learn how Astral Travel and Call For Help by whoever.

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wyldemusick
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Interview me.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)

1) Work for Hire writing. What are the pros and cons, in your experience?

2) Prose, TV, Film, Stage, Poetry, Music... what's your preferred? What about each of them speaks to you and doesn't?

3) Does your work ethic change for each of them?

4) You're dead. Boom. Your filthy American Government outlaws people just like you and the next morning your hanging from a tree. Anyhow, you go to Heaven (assuming you believe and assuming there is such a thing, blah blah) and God is there. What do you say?

5) Favourite swear word?
i_ate_my_crusts
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
Interview me :)
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
1) It currently looks like, after spending a good chunk of time in the fandom side of the local scene, you're moving into a more active professional role. Is there any conflicts between the two?

2) Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine: is it something close to you, or a place to cut your teeth and do things closer to your heart?

3) Charm, Beauty, Strangeness... kind of the opposite of Andromeda, in theory. What can we expect from it content and design wise (and will the writers reach outide the usual genre people)?

4) You're dead. Boom. Wild Monkey accident. You go to Heaven (assuming there is and assuming you believe) and God meets you at the gate. What do you say?

5) Favourite swear word?
chrisbarnes
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Interview me.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
1) You're a new writer on the scene. What would you say you goal is with your fiction, and why does that mean people should bother hunting out Chris Barnes' work?

2) What's your long term plan, and do you plan to jump round into editing and publishing?

3) Your honest opinion of the quality of the local scene, it's positives and negatives.

4) You're dead. Boom. Thirty five impossibly fat people drop from the sky and squash you. You go to heaven (assuming there is, blah blah, you know the drill) and God is there, waiting. What do you say?

5) Favourite swear word?
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studebakerhawk
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
interview me!
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
1) Your work. Give us a rundown on what attracts you to something as an actor, writer, and such?

2) A realistic portrayal of you in before thirty?

3) That moment when everything changed and you started moving forward to your goals?

4) You're dead. Horrible accident involving nerds taking out other nerds in real life after Wow got shut down. But that's not important. You go to Heaven (assuming it's a place, blah blah) and you see God. You say?

5) Favourite Swear Word?
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angriest
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, OK. Hit me.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
1) Borderlands. Has the reception for it been what you expected? Give us a bit of a run down on what you did expect, if it went that way, if it didn't, and what's the idea you've got for the future?

2) Your script work (plays, tvs). To be honest, I've only the vaguest knowledge of what has been done, so give us a run down of what you've done there and what what you look to put in your work?

3) You really can't be honest about Keanu Reeves getting better for each film, can you?

4) You're dead. Film critics beat you senseless for your wild theories on Keanu. You go to Heaven (assuming there is, you believe, you could afford, blah blah) and there's God. You say?

5) Favourite swear word?
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shadowsandice
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
I'll jump this bandwagon.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
1) What attracts you to a particular project? what is it that you're looking for, that moves you, that makes you think, fuck yeah, this is Tessa's place?

2) A realistic portrayal of yourself before thirty.

3) You need to write more. What's it going to take in bribery and threats to get this going?

4) You're dead. Boom. Would you believe it? Tragic tram accident outide a porn store, because that's how all Melbourne people go. Anyhow: you go to Heaven (assuming you believe, blah blah blah) and you see God. You say?

5) Favourite swear word?
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lonewolf23
Apr. 8th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Ah, what the heck... interview me. I'm bored. :)
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
1) You began publishing in 1992, at the age of 22 (or around), so how has a Martin Livings story changed? What attracts you now that didn't attract you then, and vice versa.

2) My first exposure to your work was as the reviewer of Eidolon, and your reviews then were uncompromising, scathing, and quite entertaining (as well as being informative). Did you cop any flack over that? And why did you give up the reviewing?

3) Awards. You appear to be quite partial to the recognition they bring, and--just on what I've read--you do appear disappointed you have gotten more in this way. Why on both parts of that?

4) You're dead. It was a tragic, tragic pumpkin accident. Sufficient to say, a whole second grade of Catholic children will never be the same. Anyhow, you go to Heaven (assuming you believe, yadda yadda) and you see God. You say?

5) Favourite swear word?
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joey_j0jo
Apr. 8th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
...=) Interview me! [I'm only using this phrase because I'm not creative enough to think of a spiffy one, you know that of course.]
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
1) What inspires you?

2) In ten years time, how do you picture yourself. Note: dead will not count as a reply :)

3) What is it that you need out of the world, but that it rarely gives you, to make you happy.

4) You're dead. Oddly, it involved penguins. So: you arrive in Heaven (assuming you believe, blah blah) and see God. What do you say?

5) Favourite swear word?
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bodhichitta0
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
You are damn straight that Thomas Lynch needs to write more essays. I even google awhile back to see if I could find something online that he did for the New Yorker and didn't come up with crap. I have "Still Life in Milford" and I think you would like it. He has these great images

"I've sinned with my mouth and loved the sound it made"
"Only your blue skin and the pleasure it gave you"

And "one of jack's" gives me the shudders and "Still Life in Milford" the actual poem he names this book after is really funny and so tongue in cheek.

(Not that I have parts of the book memorized or anything. 'cuz that would be geeky. :-p)
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
ooh. i like that sinned with my mouth bit.

outside that, i've gone slightly insane, haven't i?
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deborahb
Apr. 8th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
Well, OK, I'm likely going to regret this, but, OK, please interview me.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
1) How would you describe a typical Deborah Biancotti story, and how do you think its changed, or is changing?

2) How do comments about your work being obscure influence your decisions to push your personal boundaries?

3) If the local scene is to grow, how is it to do this? And do you think this is a question that has been addressed in the last ten years?

4) You're dead. It was a beautiful funeral, but the fact that you made us all donate to cover the costs has meant we're kinda pissed. But what do you care. You're in Heaven (assuming there is, blah blah) and you're in front of God. What do you say?

5) Favourite swear word?
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
hope i'm not to late for this soon-to-be-phenomenon!

john
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
1) Your work. What attracts you to it?

2) A realistic portrayal of you in before thirty?

3) That moment when everything changed and you started moving forward to your goals?

4) You're dead. People finally decided to burn Galaxy to the ground for being horribly overpriced, and you were trying to steal that final book... anyhow, that's not important. You go to Heaven (assuming it's a place, blah blah) and you see God. You say?

5) Favourite Swear Word?
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coalescent
Apr. 8th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in your thoughts on Handbook (and if you have anything to ask in the way of interview questions, feel free).
benpeek
Apr. 9th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
i'm going to skip the questions. hope you don't mind--i'm up to my neck in them now. heh.

anyhow, i liked HANDBOOK. it was a different kind of story from shepard, who has run the risk of producing similar kind of work of late, and i thought the more subtle kind of magic realist elements actually suited his style quite well. naturally, i thought it was well written, but what set it aside was the humour--shepard's fiction isn't noted for its humour, but this novel had a nice ironic tone running through it, i thought.

in the end, i'm not sure if he nailed all he wanted to talk about. it just seemed... off, a bit, y'know? maybe it's taste, but i just didn't think the climax happened in the right way to bring everything together. it works, though.
ex_benpayne119
Apr. 9th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
Okay. Interview me.

benpeek
Apr. 9th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
1) Having recently taken over the editor chores (with Robert Hoge) for Aurealis, how have you approached forming a vision for a magazine that, ten years ago, was a strong force in the genre, but has in recent years lost some of its power and market presence?

2) What kind of fiction do you think has a home in the Australian scene, and what kind of fiction do you think has a harder time?

3) You edit your own magazine Potato Monkey, you work with Robert Hoge on Aurealis, and you have worked with an Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Group. Each of those is a different form of editing, and I'm curious about what attracts you to each, and how a Ben Payne style of editing can be maintained in the last two.

4) You're dead. It was in the papers, everywhere, and all those bodies... Lets just not talk about it. You go to Heaven (assuming there is, blah blah) and you see God. What do you say?

5) Favourite swear word?

capnoblivious
Apr. 9th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
Not without trepidations, ben, but all the cool kids are doing it.

Interview me.
benpeek
Apr. 9th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
Cool. What're you pimping, Stu?
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llbatt
Apr. 10th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
G'wan then, interview me.
benpeek
Apr. 11th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
it'll come thru email, as you know. i'm just reply to this so people don't think i'm excluding anyone.

it's a free for all. no distinctions.
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