Interview with Peter A Carlin

October, 2009
Peter Ames Carlin

Quick Start

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

PC: Hectic, fun and confusing. And yet well-intentioned. Mostly.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

PC: Always walk away and take a breath before hitting 'send.'

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

PC: Hemingway; DF Wallace; Tom Wolfe; Tom Perrotta; Thom Jones; Michael Chabon; Ken Kesey; Phillip Roth; and on and on and on.

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

PC: These listy things give me the vapors. But here are some faves that cross my mind just now: "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" (DF Wallace) "Collected Short Stories" (Hemingway) "Goodbye Columbus" (Roth) "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (M. Twain) "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" (Wolfe)

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

PC: "A Supposedly Fun Thing...."

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

PC: Revise a lot and get used to criticism

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

PC: "What was THAT supposed to mean?"

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

PC: 3/13

SS: What were your previous occupations?

PC: Student; free-lance journo; magazine staffer; tv critic

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

PC: What I'm doing now, I think.

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

PC: Garfield High School in Seattle; then Macalester College (St. Paul), then Lewis & Clark College (Portland)

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

PC: Again, a listy thing. Obviously I have a thing for the Beatles and Paul McCartney; see also my book about Brian Wilson. Also fond of: the Clash; Loudon Wainwright; Bruce Springsteen; Todd Snider; and many more.

SS: What is your favorite television show?

PC: "The Sopranos," "The Wire," "Mad Men," etc. I used to be a TV critic, so I've seen a lot of TV.

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