[Listen] What music did your family listen to as you were growing up, and did that music end up influencing you in any way?
Philistines! That was my family growing up. To this day I'm not sure how I quite ended up the way I did with music. I think a lot of it was just from playing music so much in band and orchestra but even taking that into account, I sure did an awful lot of exploring with music then and now.
My family enjoyed Kenny Rogers, The Mandrell Sisters, Willie Nelson, The Statler Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Alabama. At Christmas time there was some group we listened to a lot that I enjoyed and I'm completely blanking on the name. The fact that I don't listen to much country is probably due to familial reverse-influence.
[Watch] What is your most quotable movie? And if you want, share a couple quotes from it.
Oh, easy. Real Genius.
Compared to you, most people have the IQ of a carrot.
You get even with Kent. It's a moral imperative.
Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "I drank what?"
How's it feel to be frozen?! Yeah, ice is nice!
Take one and pass them back, just like your I.Q. was normal.
Take very good care of this young man. He's one of the ten finest minds in the country.
Someday I hope to be two of them.
I could just go on and on and on. But I won't.
[Read] Think about the last book you read. In what ways were you similar to the writer or narrator?
I just finished reading Umberto Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana. The narrator is a rare book dealer. Outside of the appreciation of books, I don't think there are a lot of similarities. He is sixty years old, Italian, grew up during World War II, spends most of the novel in a coma. We both like women which isn't an incredible coincidence since we're both guys. We do not share the same tastes in music. We both enjoyed Cyrano de Bergerac immensely. We both have children. We both have propensities to write about lots of things that might not be important to anyone but ourselves.