imathers tagged me to answer these questions a little while ago, so here goes:
1. What was the last book you read that you’d recommend to me?
It’s been a while since I read a book that I’m falling over myself to recommend to people (although I suddenly have about fifteen new books in my possession, any of which may change that). I’ll say H.D.’s Trilogy, because while most people I know probably wouldn’t be into it I think you might be.
2. What words do you try to live your life by?
1. Be brave and be kind.
2. Do the work.
The second really includes the first, and posing the question “What would John Darnielle do?” reliably returns me to both.
3. What’s your favourite snack food?
Musk Lifesavers. I used to love musk sticks but I’m too much of a hippie to eat them now. Lifesavers are a good enough substitute.
4. If you had to do one thing for 40 hours a week but didn’t have to worry about money, etc, what would it be?
I would ~be creative~. How strictly defined is this “one thing”? I would write, but reading is important if you want to write, so I would also have to read, and I would like to write music as well as words, which as well as being a sneaky workaround also implies practice and recording … and can I still listen to music while I’m writing? Does that break the “one thing” rule? I guess if it did I would just listen to music for the other 80 or so waking hours of the week.
tl;dr assuming I miraculously became healthy enough to work 40 hours a week, “making creative work” would be a great way to spend those 40 hours.
5. What was your favourite band/musical artist when you were a teenager and how do you feel about them now?
I never really had an absolute favourite, defeats-all-comers band when I was a teenager. (In fact, it didn’t happen to me until 2005 or so.) There were bands and artists I really loved, but the first I fell in love with was probably Lou Reed. I still love Lou. More in a warts-and-all way than a hero-worship way, now, but also more steadfastly. Every time I remember that he’s gone I feel sad all over again. I don’t love all of his work but the question didn’t ask about that, technically.
6. If you were given $10k right now but could only use it on something frivolous, what would you spend it on?
A really nice box of pencils.
I’m assuming that the “frivolous” requirement is also designed to remove charitable uses, so I can’t help others with it. So … I would use it to travel to the Faroe Islands next year for the total solar eclipse. That would use up about half of it.
The rest … it’s hard to say. I’d like to buy some equipment and set up a home recording studio. And a hardback copy of In the American West, and a retina iPad mini. Whatever was left over from that would go toward seeing bands and other recreational activities that cost money.
7. What’s your favourite kind of puzzle and why?
I … don’t know if I have a favourite kind of puzzle?
8. If you were forced to move to another continent, where would you pick (city/country etc)?
The north coast of Wales (maybe Conwy) or the west highlands of Scotland (maybe Fort William). Whichever one I chose, I’d visit the other all the time. If this coincided with #4 and #6 I would be as happy as a clam (aside from, you know, leaving behind everyone and everything I love where I live now).
9. What kind of housework do you like the most (or hate the least)?
I like cleaning glass, I guess? I don’t mind washing the dishes as much as most people do and I’m fine with housework in general but cleaning windows, mirrors etc. brings me actual happiness. They’re so nice once they’re clean.
10. What’s something you hated as a kid but love now?
Hummus. I thought it tasted like dirt. If I was right, well, maybe I should take up eating dirt.
I’m supposed to write ten new questions and tag people to answer them but I’m feeling completely uninspired. I guess now I get seven years bad luck or whatever.