My husband and I were fans of Inside the Actors Studio for several years, and our favorite part was when the host, James Lipton, would pose the following questions to his guests. He borrowed the idea from Bernard Pivot, a French journalist and interviewer.
She decided to answer the questions in tandem with her husband, Anjin. Following her lead, I’ve coerced my favorite occasional co-author into giving his responses along with mine.
What is your favorite word?
Tall Paul: Yes
What is your least favorite word?
Me: Tornado (good thing I don’t hear it much anymore, then)
Tall Paul: Cancer
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Me: Springtime, language, humor, relaxation, textures, thoughtfulness, generosity
Tall Paul: Light and shadow, smiles, good food, Florinda, first Coca-Cola of the day
Me: Disorganization, rudeness, thoughtlessness, self-centeredness, traffic
Tall Paul: Rudeness, arrogance, bigots, rap music (sorry, I’m old), deception.
What sound or noise do you love?
Me: My husband’s laugh, the ocean, chimes, acoustic guitar
Tall Paul: Florinda’s giggle, my children laughing, a nicely built engine, mandolin
Me: Screeching brakes, car horns, the neighbors arguing (the joys of apartment life)
Tall Paul: Dogs barking, car alarms, children crying.
What is your favorite curse word?
Me: Fuck (but I’m a wuss – I usually go for euphemisms like “frick,” “eff” and “screw”)
Tall Paul: Fucktard
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Me: Pretty much any – but seriously, writer/editor
Tall Paul: Professional photographer
What profession would you not like to do?
Tall Paul: Slaughterhouse slaughterer(?)
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Me: “Please make yourself comfortable in our library, and meet your new dog!” (All dogs go to heaven, right? If they don’t, I don’t think I want to either.)
Tall Paul: “Holy shit!”