Interview with Matt Bondurant

October, 2009
Matt Bondurant

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SS: What’s your greatest fear?

MB: regret

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

MB: on a 45 foot sailboat skirting the Great Barrier Reef

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

MB: Sunday morning breakfast, winter, sitting before the fire with the New York Times, my beautiful wife playing with my son Ford on the rug. Being unashamed of what you do, and who you are.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

MB: my wife

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

MB: But here's the problem...

SS: What do you regret most?

MB: the petty cruelties of youth

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

MB: To sing like Sam Cooke

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

MB: my son

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

MB: belligerent arrogance

SS: What’s your best quality?

MB: honesty

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

MB: a writer

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

MB: scowling

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

MB: Neddy Merrill ("The Swimmer") or George Willard (Winesburgh, Ohio)

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

MB: Ahab

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

MB: Jesus of Nazareth - isn't it obvious?

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

MB: small talk, inane chatter

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

MB: teaching literature

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

MB: Crazy fast outside linebacker, National Football League

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

MB: Honesty, loyalty, imagination

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

MB: A full English Breakfast

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

MB: The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - John Prine, More Than This - Brian Ferry, I Wish I Was the Moon - Neko Case, , Forever Young - Alphaville, Cello Suite No. 1 - Bach


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

MB: swaying in the dark, my son Ford asleep

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

MB: Build the logic of your world and adhere to it unfailingly

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