|The single sheet of paper I pulled from the envelope. It's more organized that it looks.|
Chris is a great friend as well as a musician/songwriter, social worker, and philosopher of life. Married to Crissy (my previous reader interviewee), I've know him for a lot of years. He's also the person I credit for influencing me to re-embrace my passion for writing. He challenges me, inspires me, and even now with this blog -- coerces me to leave pre-describe formats and try something new. I added some photos to this interview to help create the best and most honest mood for this installment I could.
Here's my interview with Chris Hutchison-Jones.
1) What kind of reader do you consider yourself?
|Scattered? A fisherman? Restless?|
2) What kinds of books do you read and why?
The ones I can see. The ones I wouldn't mind dating. I take commitment very seriously.
3) What author's (or stories) do you return to again and again? Why?
I think most males of a certain persuasion go through a Kerouac phase. And he is fun to read still, but he's more of an old friend who doesn't quite fit in with my current station. Someday i want to write a version of On the Road for folks that work 9-5 and take family vacations. An existential crisis with coloring books and pics of the family with the world's biggest ball of barb wire in Texarkana.
|Spin me a yarn.|
Spin me a yarn. Be a good liar so the story's so good that I don't care if they're lyin'.
5) How has the eBook revolution changed the way you read and how you buy books?
The revolution was postponed because of rain.
6) What makes you pick up a book or author you've never read before?
A whim. First and last name of the author starting with the same letter.
7) With so many books to read, why do you choose the books you do?
Momentary inspiration. At any moment I have five to ten books to read.
8) Film before book, or book before film? Why?
Plead the 5th.
9) List the five books that stick with you and tell why they do.
"I have nothing to offer anyone but my own confusion."
How did death move outside and defecation move inside?
House of Leaves
Not sure I finished ... or ever started it.
The perfection of theft
Dylan in New Orleans writing Man in the Long Black Coat
|Paper cuts and dry eyes. Trying too hard to change the world.|
Paper cuts and dry eyes.
11) Some people read, some people don't -- why do you think you became a reader?
12th grade English almost killed reading for me. No one should read Shakespeare with a list of words next to them, having to write down the page they appear.
12) What makes a book disappointing to you?
Trying too hard to change the world.
14) Does the Internet (Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads), book reviews (blogs, Amazon, and B&N), or any media buzz influence your desire to read a book? How or how not?
|Yes. Book choice is often a game time decision.|
Yes. Book choice is often a game time decision.
16) Do author blurbs, cover jackets, and award seals matter to you when choosing a book to read?
Not for hardbacks. Dust covers are promptly discarded.
17) Have you ever read a book that surprised you, one you didn't expect to like but did?
Slaughterhouse 5 ... didn't know it was a Sci-Fi novel.
19) Have there been books you didn't finish reading?
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, I think I got lost in the navel gazing.
Dante ... a superior thief.
Instead of a bio I give you a somewhat shameless plug...
Check out Chris's band Dressing the Debutantes right here and learn most of what you need to know.