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Writer's Block: Once upon a time…

What is the first line of your favorite book?

"That's good thinking there, Cool Breeze, Cool Breeze is a kid with three or four days' beard sitting next to me on the stamped metal bottom of the open back part of a pickup truck."

-Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
What's the most important lesson your mom taught you?

That if aliens were real, they would have invaded by now. It was the only thing that helped easily-frightened elementary-school-aged me to sleep at night. Perhaps not the most important, but one that really does stick out to me :)

Writer's Block: Who's your daddy?

What famous person from history would you have liked to have as a parent, and why?

I am tempted to name one of my favorite rock stars, but the thing about rock stars is that they're notoriously bad parents. Not all of them, and not necessarily on purpose, but their profession defines most aspects of their life. If they're touring, they can't be at home with their kids, and they can't take their kids with them because life on the road is rough and often wild. John Lennon, Brian Jones, and Eric Clapton are not known for their parenting for a reason (though for the first two, their age could have had something to do with it; the last, his substance abuse). Even generous and soft-spoken Donovan, who adopted the little boy Linda had with Brian Jones, didn't see much of his first two children with Enid (or even his later two with Linda for a very short while, as he was performing). Although rock stars are my favorite people in the entire world, the odds of having a fulfilling childhood with one would probably be quite slim.

That being said, I think my answer is Brian Epstein. He would totally take me on vacations around the world and teach me about socializing and bring me to parties with him and introduce me to all of these popular people :') I mean, he just seemed such a fatherly figure in general; a gentleman with a great understanding of the business world who took care of the things that were important to him. I know he had his issues; he certainly wasn't perfect --no one is-- but I honestly think he would have made a great parent, and I would've loved to have known him.


If I could have any musician's "signature" instrument, I would want Brian Jones' Vox Teardrop Guitar.