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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.

Comments

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?
angriest
Apr. 8th, 2005 06:35 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?

Well the first expectation, which I think was one of the worst-kept secrets in the Australian SF small press, was that what we now know as Borderlands 1 was originally intended as Eidolon 31, so I guess there's a big gap in expectation versus reality right there.

I suspected very early on that we would wind up being pidgeon-holed somewhat as a journal with a fairly dark tone, more horror and scary SF than bright shiny spaceships and unicorns. That suspicion seems to have largely come true, but I like my fiction fairly dark anyway.

I've been disappointed at our lack of local awards, to be honest. We've yet to manage a Ditmar or Aurealis nomination, despite making Ellen Datlow's recommended reading list several times. In the balance, though, I know which I would rather have...

Overall I'm very happy. We've edited five issues of what I think has been some of the strongest genre fiction Australia's had in the past few years. I'm proud!

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?

PLAYS
Frames (1997), Degree Absolute (1998, re-written 2002), The Angriest Video Store Clerk in the World is not a Number (2003), You Only Rent Twice (2004), Serpentine (2004).

ADAPTATIONS/EDITS FOR THE STAGE
A Primitive Othello (1996), Hamlet (1997), R3 (1998), Much Ado About Nothing (2000), Hamlet (again, 2001), Nineteen Eighty Four (2001), Frankenstein (2002), Mapping Lear (2003).

TELEVISION
The Angriest Video Store Clerk in the World (TV pilot and series treatment, 2004).

As for what I try to put into them? Enthusiasm, mainly. Despite my current TV comedy work I generally enjoy writing dark, confrontational scenes. Good arguments. People shouting at each other in dark rooms.

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

Absolute I can. What I appreciate about Keanu is that for many years he has successfully balanced making populist, easy-to-act comedies and action flicks with challenging roles in serious dramas. So he'll go off and make Bill and Ted, and then try to stretch himself in Much Ado About Nothing. He'll make Speed, then turn around and do A Walk in the Clouds. He's a very understated actor, which I think many people confuse with "wooden", and I really don't think that's the case. Constantine and The Matrix are great examples, where if another actor played the role they would have chewed the scenery.

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?

"Holy fuck!!! You're REAL?!!!!"

5) Favourite swear word?

Probably fuck. Bollocks and shite if said by an authentic Scottish accent. I believe that the Scottish accent was invented for swearing. Or swearing was invented to accomodate the Scottish accent. Either way the two go hand in hand like the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the English language.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
hey, do you want to use this in the week of whoring? or you wanna be exempt?

and, okay, granted, keanu doesn't chew the scenery... but that's about his only plus, i reckon.
benpeek
Apr. 10th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
hey, grant, i'd like to use yours in the morning update of tomorrow madness. are you cool with this?
angriest
Apr. 11th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, OK!
benpeek
Apr. 11th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
cool. you guys got a small image for borderlands i can use? just direct me towards it.
benpeek
Apr. 10th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
wait, sorry. no rush. i've got an editor/publisher for the morning. stillw anna use your bit though. i find it interesting.