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    Q. In the morning I wake up with…

    A. Two cats and one woman.

    Q. I never leave the house without…

    A. My notebook and phone.

    Q. I’m never late for…

    A. Meetings with actors/models/filmmakers etc.

    Q. I’m dying of shame when…

    A. Not sure. So many embarrassing things happen to me on a regular basis that I think I might be immune to feeling shame anymore.

    Q. I always tell myself…

    A. That I need to do better than what I’ve done.

    Q. The perfect night out/in is…

    A. Staying home with cats and woman and snuggling.

    Q. I’m usually at / I usually go to…

    A. A coffeeshop or used bookshop when I have free time and feel like going out.

    Q. I never dance to…

    A. Anything. I don’t dance. Although I’ll jump up and down to some rockabilly.

    Q. I’m really into…

    A. 19th century novels, pinhole cameras, things related to the sea and old time seafaring, 1930’s films, pulp novels by David Goodis, German expressionist painters, frosting, chocolate, sea-kayaking, cats, and the woman in my apartment. Finding awesome new bands to fall in love with.

    Q. It was great when…

    A. I was younger and wouldn’t pull a muscle doing the stupidest little thing.

    Q. I’ll jump in the fire for…

    A. The people and animals I love, but I’d prefer if they didn’t ask me to do that.

    Q. I’m sick of…

    A. Being sick of stuff.

    Q. I never tell anyone that…

    A. That I have a physical disability (well I just told you) because I don’t like judgments made about me colored by that.

    Q. Under my bed I have…

    A. Nothing actually.

    Q. I made a fool of myself when…

    A. I was really drunk at a bar a long time ago and was wearing these really cool pointy Tom Waits style shoes. Anyway they wouldn’t stay on and one went flying off as a stumbled forward and it flew across the bar and crashed into the wall. Of course everyone saw it.

    Q. My mum always tells me…

    A. “Say hi to Pierre and Raven” (My cats).

     Q. I pretend I’m not there when…

    A. My girlfriend watches “The Jersey Shore” or “The Biggest Loser”.  I hate that kind of TV.

     Q. I would start a fight for…

    A. Not having enough sleep.

    Q. And I’ll fight everyone who…

    A. Treats me badly without me provoking it.

    Q. I would kill for…

    A. I’m not a killer.

    Q. I never let myself…

    A. Have a TV with cable. I would never get anything done, and not even watch anything I’d actually like anyway.

    Q. I go to sleep to…

    A. Old time radio shows like “The Shadow”, “Suspense” or “The Whistler”

     FILMS

    Q. The last one I saw was…

    A. The last one I saw in the theater was Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse”, which was a beautiful film. I don’t go to the movies often anymore. There just isn’t much that appeals to me (and I only live nearby big multiplex cinemas that play the big Hollywood movies). The last one I watched at home was a noir-western called “Ramrod” with Veronica Lake and Joel McCrea. I liked it, but was slightly disappointed.

    Q. My favorite actor is…

    A. It’s hard for me to pick one. Dead actors/actresses: I like Warren Oates, Lee Marvin, Thelma Ritter, Dan Duryea, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lina Romay (from Jesus Franco’s films), Chishu Ryu, Marku Peltola, Matti Pellonpää, Erland Josephson,Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Maria Falconetti, Ben Gazzara,  Living actors/actresses: Samantha Morton, Setsuko Hara, Tilda Swinton, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong, Lars Rudolph, Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton, Miklós Székely B., and lately I really like Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Sorry, that was an awfully long response!

    Q. I appreciate directors like…

    A. Bela Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean Rollin, Jesus Franco, Eric Rohmer, Yasujiro Ozu, Michelangelo Antonioni, Kenji Mizoguchi, Claire Denis, Terence Fisher, Jean Vigo, Samuel Fuller, Nicholas Ray, FW Murnau, Monte Hellman, Amos Poe, Jean Epstein, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, Kaneto Shindo, Maurice Pialat, John Cassavetes, Frans Swartjes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Chris Marker, Aki Kaurismaki, Robert Bresson, Carl Th. Dreyer, Mikhail Kalatozov, Jia Zhang-ke, Jonas Mekas, Maya Deren, Tsai Ming-liang, Sergei Parajanov, Walerian Borowczyk, Wang Bing, Sam Peckinpah, Wong Kar-wai. 

    Q. The most stupid film is…

    A. Any that is not personal or meaningful to the filmmaker; or made by a filmmaker under the assumption that he or she is smarter than their audience. So any film by Michael Bay or Lars Von Trier.

    Q. I laughed a lot when I saw…

    A. A couple of 1930’s screwball comedies. “Midnight” by Mitchell Leisen and “The Good Fairy” by William Wyler. Also any time I watch the comedian Louis C.K.

    Q. I’m planning to see…

    A. You know what? I’m not sure… My favorite filmmaker, Bela Tarr has retired, and most of the other contemporary filmmakers that I used to like (David Lynch, Wong Kar-wai, a  few others) aren’t making films that appeal to me any more. I might see Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film whenever that comes out, but who knows… Honestly I guess I’m not really a cinephile. And I don’t really watch too many new movies anymore.

     

    MUSIC

    Q. I usually listen to…

    A. Garage punk, 1950’s rockabilly, 1930’s blues, Tom Waits, JS Bach- especially St. Matthew’s Passion and Mass in B minor, Chopin nocturnes. New bands I like: Frightened Rabbit, Dirty Beaches, Middle Brother.

    Q. I never get tired of…

    A. Tom Waits or Billy Childish. I’ve been listening to both for about 18 years and still love them.

    Q. My favorite band/singer/composer is…

    A. Tom Waits or Billy Childish for band/singer. For composer: Bach.

    Q. The best gig I ever been to is…

    A. 3 way tie: Tom Waits on his “Mule Variations” tour, Billy Childish when he played with Thee Headcoats once in NYC. The guitar broke and Billy started singing old gospel/blues songs. It was beautiful. The filmmaker Larry Clark was there and started heckling them, and I almost got into a fight with him about it. Yes- alcohol was a factor. The other best show was rockabilly/surf/garage pioneer Link Wray (he was the first guy to really use feedback with guitar and he also was the first to play power chords). I saw him on his last tour before he died. The guy was in his 70’s and played the loudest show I’d ever been to. The hearing in my right ear has been bad since that show.

    Q. I would like to see live…

    A. A performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion”.

     

    BOOKS

    Q. My favorite one is…

    A. “The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge” by Rainer Maria Rilke and “Mysteries” by Knut Hamsun

    Q. At the moment I read…

    A. I’m back and forth between reading “Berlin Stories” by Robert Walser, “Demons” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The Chants of Maldoror” by Count de Lautremont and “Satantango” by Laszlo Krasznahorkai  

    Q. I’ve heard a lot about…

    A. “Hell” by Henri Barbusse and the writings of Gerard de Nerval. They are next on my list.

    Q. The best writer is…

    A. My favorite is Knut Hamsun, mostly his work from the 1890’s.

     
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