Interview with Matt BondurantOctober, 2009
What Readers want to know...
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
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?
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?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
MB: Neddy Merrill ("The Swimmer") or George Willard (Winesburgh, Ohio)
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
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
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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