Job Title: VP of Book Operations
Favorite book when you were a child: The Hobbit and yes I did have a passing familiarity with Elvish at one point. It’s not something I’m proud of but there it is.
Your top five authors: (take the following with a pinch of ‘at the moment’ and a dash of ‘subject to change’) Kurt Vonnegut – “See the cat? See the cradle?”. Joan Didion – I recently reread The White Album and Slouching towards Bethlehem - her choices are impeccable and she’s just so damn good at evoking a sense of time and place. Ernest Hemingway – Yeah, yeah, I know but…. Jorge Luis Borges – he can do more with a few pages than most can do with a few hundred. Susan Sontag – I finish one of her essays and whether or not I agree with what she’s saying I just feel a tiny bit smarter than I did before I started reading.
Book you've faked reading: I would never! (And if I ever had I sure as heck wouldn’t be advertising the fact here)
Book you are an evangelist for: The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats by Hesh Kestin from Dzanc Books– think of a cross between The Graduate and The Godfather, think about how cool that could be, this is better.
Favorite line from a book: “Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything” - Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle.
Book you'd take with you to a desert island: Thriving on a Desert Island: Tips for Living Off the Land While Building a Raft with Your Bare Hands, is that a book that exists? If so that’s the one I’m taking with me on the trip.
Song that has played the most on your MP3 player: I’ve got almost 10,000 songs on my IPod and more often than not I just let it play on ‘shuffle’ but I just checked and right now it’s listing “On Green Dolphin Street” from Miles Davis’ late 50s sextet. The song has a gorgeous, languid intro and great solos from John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Bill Evans and Davis himself; definitely a favorite so let’s go with that one.
Best way to spend a weekend: With friends and family.
Your go-to pick for movie night: I don’t know, depends on how I’m feeling; Big Lebowski? GoodFellas? Hot Fuzz? Sideways? Pulp Fiction?
Window or Aisle: Aisle, I’m willing to put up with the occasional bump from the cart as long as I can get up and stretch my legs without having to climb over people (I’ve got back issues).
What is the first giveaway that a book is going to be good: It’s a combination of the quality of the prose and the acuity of the author’s ‘vision’ (for lack of a better term). Within the first few paragraphs you can already tell a ton about where a book is going and how it’s going to get there or at the very least you can tell if you’re in good hands.
Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book: you kind of have to say The Godfather don’t you? I mean have you read the thing? It’s a schlocky mass market crime novel and the film is well, you know, it’s “The Godfather”.
Website you have spent the most time reading: wait, reading? Oh, then I guess Grantland, or maybe The Nervous Breakdown, or, (believe it or not) Cracked.com.