Interview with James, III GavinOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
JG: I live to pursue voices, words, and stories.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
JG: An honest story is the only story worth telling.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
JG: Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Frank Rich, Derek Jarman, Patricia Morrisroe.
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
JG: 1. "One Christmas" (Capote) 2. "Mapplethorpe: A Biography" (Morrisroe) 3. "Modern Nature" (Jarman) 4. "The White Album" (Didion) 5. "Ghost Light: A Memoir" (Rich)
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
JG: "Mapplethorpe: A Biography"
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
JG: Oh, come on -- modesty forbids!
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
JG: Book- and record-store clerk, (bad) secretary.
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
JG: Sacred heart High School (Yonkers), Fordham University (Bronx)
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
JG: Elis Regina
SS: What is your favorite movie?
JG: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
SS: What is your favorite television show?
JG: "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"
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