Break from Snark: Interview Meme

Charlotte is to blame for this one. 😉

1. You used to live in the Carolinas, now you live in Amman with frequent visits to the Ukraine. Why did you move and will you be going back to the US anytime soon?

I was in a pretty nasty situation in the States, due to student debt and not really being able to find a job that would allow me to make the requisite monthly payments (this was before the crisis, mind you – with higher interest rates). Also, my Boyfriend and I were facing some problems – I couldn’t really find an entry level job in Canada as an American, he had a similar problem as a Canadian in the States. So we started thinking about a place where we could both work. Then I got the offer to edit this magazine – and the chips just fell into place.

I want to be back in the States within a couple of years – either that or Europe – but I want to be in a stabler financial situation first. And I want to keep working on the magazine. It’s pretty much my dream job.

2. Who are your top three fantasy boyfriends?

This is a VERY important topic…. Well, first of all – Legolas. Not necessarily the movie version (although I loved the shield-surfing and whatnot – shut UP haters, your opinions have been noted and filed away a number of years ago). Just you know – a hot, brave, occasionally snarky Elf. Orlando Bloom’s natural dark hair probably suits Legolas more, btw. So a hot Elf with dark curls. Perfect.

Then there’s Ewan McGregor – whose films pretty much made me into a woman.

And finally – where would I be without at least one great footballer in my life? I know we’re supposed to think of footballers as egotistical dumbasses – but my aunt used to be married to a Ukrainian one, and he was a doll. I refuse to think he’s the exception. So which one would I pick? Iker Casillas – another Greatest Hit from my childhood.

Runners-up include everyone from Anton Chekhov to James Purefoy, from Viktor Tsoi to Chiwetel Ejiofor. I have a lot of fantasy boyfriends. We all need them in these dark and troubling times.

3. Money is no object. Describe your dream holiday.

A dream holiday should be – part frivolity, part bonding, part beauty, part learning experience, and part crazy-ass shit. So I think I’d go to New Zealand. With friends. And hopefully also see some people there that I have wanted to meet for a while.

4. Obama’s been in office for five weeks. Give him a report card, and give reasons for his grades.

Cant I just give him a B+ overall? Because I think he’s doing a good job, and I also think that he has inherited a mess, and a lot of that mess isn’t even controlled by the President’s office, but some of it is, and it is all quite confusing. I don’t think he’s buckling though. Not at all.

5. Which book have you just finished reading, what are you reading now and what’s next on the TBR pile?

I’ve just finished reading The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale. If you’re interested in detectives – both fictional and real-life, you must read this nonfiction account of a murder in 1860’s England, and the hysteria it caused. There’s a tremendous darkness within it, but it’s a darkness that’s worth it. This book will stay with you for a long time.

Right now I’m reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It’s an oldie – but when it came out, I was not old enough for it (I didn’t even speak English, back then). I’ve been on a Neil Gaiman kick for a while now, and am omnivorously consuming everything by him. It’s love. The writerly kind.

Next I’d like to dip into some horror stories – I just bought the anthology Gathering the Bones. I also recently realized that as much as I had loved The Virgin Suicides, I’d never gotten around to reading Jeffrey Eugenides’ follow-up: Middlesex. I recently spied it on a friend’s bookshelf, and now it is mine, mine, miiine.

Want to participate in the meme? Drop me a line in the comments section, and I will e-mail you some questions.

15 thoughts on “Break from Snark: Interview Meme

  1. Ewan McGregor took a couple of long motorcycle trips and made TV shows about them. I recently rented “A long way down” and watched a couple of hours. Ewan comes across as a particularly dull and unimaginative winnie. Maybe you want a character he played, and not the man himself.

    I give and F to Bush/Cheney (30/100). Obama does twice as well (60/100) which brings him to a barely passing D- so far. On Gaza, Afghanistan and Wall Street he has either buckled, or was a right winger to begin with.

  2. does it annoy you when people say “the Ukraine” instead of just Ukraine?

    can you give me questions?

  3. Not really – I mean, it’s a hangover from the Soviet era (when Ukraine was the Ukraine because it wasn’t a nation). I think it will eventually fade on its own. All of the people I work with still say “the Ukraine.” I just tell them that I eventually want to work in “the Britain.” 😉

    Questions should be on their way shortly. EVERYONE MUST ANSWER.

    Except for Jawad, of course – he’s been executed by monkeys.

  4. net is a mirracle. I never heard of you before this evening and, now, I’m finding myself reading some of your articles. If some man from Serbia, who works in Kazakhstan, finds your articles – then anybod can. I was just trying to find meaning of “little bird” in Mikhalkov’s movie “12” (besides mine, of course) and, at the end, I found your articles and enjoyed reading them.
    best wishes…

  5. Um… pedestrian taste in literature, Legolas obsession, trashy blondeness… why are you internet-fammous again?

    The way you treated Nine Deuce is contemptible.

  6. If Neil Gaiman is “pedestrian” then I don’t want to be anything else.

    Cheers, Natalia, for putting up with prats like this on a regular basis.

  7. Thanks for the glimpse inside! I’m an Aragorn fan, but Legolas was great too.

    I’d love to play! Unless, of course, you think my viewpoints would gag your readership and cause commental upheaval. 😉

  8. This is a pretty laissez-faire blog, Kinzi, so I doubt it.

    I’ll send both you & Hexy something when I’ve got a minute (am writing this from my garden, where I am mostly chasing my cats). 🙂

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