Interview with George M. FoyApril, 2012
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
GF: lucky in kids, in work that i love
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
GF: if not here, where? if not now, when?
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
GF: Nonexistent past the age of 7. But later, if you find work that both satisfies you and somehow contributes to the balance of the world; if you have people to love, who love you back; if you love yourself sufficiently but not too much; contentment can land, unexpectedly and briefly, like a buttefly alighting on your shoulder.
It doesn't hurt, either, if at the same time you are outside sipping a beer in the sun on the first real day of spring.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
GF: Myself. The source of all true fear.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
GF: Sulawesi (Indonesia), about to board a black freighter captained by a one-eyed, defrocked Franciscan
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
GF: Charles Saunders Peirce (look him up)
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
GF: Nelson Mandela
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
GF: "on one level ... on another level"
SS: What do you regret most?
GF: Not having gone on to Jalalabad when I was in Afghanistan (under the Russians) with the Mujahideen
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
GF: Play the trumpet like Louis Armstrong
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
GF: My kids: my daughter, Emilie, and my son, Alexandre.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
GF: Leaping before I look
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
GF: an Alaskan timber wolf, always assuming Sarah Palin was miles away
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
GF: I listen. Most people don't. Which doesn't mean I'm always interested, but I do listen.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
GF: Justine Hosnani, in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
GF: Humbert Humbert (Lolita)
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
GF: Adolf Hitler.
"Seriously, Adolf, you're a wonderful house painter, keep at it."
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
GF: people on cellphones in public places
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
GF: marine archeologist
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
GF: honesty, diligence, a good head for liquor
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
GF: 4th Time Around (Bob Dylan), Into My Arms (Nick Cave), That's How Strong My Love Is (Otis Redding), Funky Broadway (Wilson Pickett), I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones)
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