Interview with James, III Gavin

October, 2009
James Gavin

Quick Start


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?

JG: Write.

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

JG: Oh, come on -- modesty forbids!


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

JG: 2/6

SS: What were your previous occupations?

JG: Book- and record-store clerk, (bad) secretary.

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

JG: Writer

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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