Kate from Four Obsessions sends along these interview questions. I’ve recorded my responses for a podcast here: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~emv/audio/Vacuum-03-24-2005.mp3.
If you would like to participate in this blogging phenomenon, follow these simple steps:
1. Leave me a comment saying interview me.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions here in my blog. They will be different questions than the ones below–if you are more of a reader or thinker than a foodie, don’t worry, I won’t ask you about food (or whatever).
3. You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
and so here we go:
What fiction author would you like to have over for dinner and what would you serve them?
I’d have John Voelker (Robert Traver) over for dinner. He’d bring along trout that he had just caught from a small pond in the U.P., we’d cook it on the grill out back wrapped in foil with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh dill, and I’d make boiled new potatoes with butter and parsley and a green salad with fresh tomatoes and basil and a garlicky vinaigrette.
Is there one food that you associate with your childhood and what memory does it trigger?
Wild blueberries from the jackpine plains in Marquette County, Michigan, though the exact location changes from year to year. The berries grow low to the ground and there are lichens and pine cones making a wonderful smell on the hot sandy soil. It reminds me of going through a bucketful of berries with my grandmother Inez Kay and cleaning out all of the little bits of wood and green berries and dandle that had accumulated in my earnest but imprecise picking efforts. It’s a miracle any berries made it into the bucket. (I must have been about eight or nine).
What is your favorite thing you have written? Is it published somewhere or does it live modestly on your hard drive?
I wrote the essay What is Usenet? A second opinon about 14 years ago, back in the days before the World Wide Web and when the Internet was much smaller than it is now. Usenet was then what blogs are now, a way to connect with people all over the world about all sorts of topics. In those intervening 14 years, it’s been reposted faithfully every month to the newsgroup news.announce.newusers. It’s a time capsule of sorts, since I don’t keep it up to date. I remember the day I wrote it very clearly – I had been reading the “first opinion” on the topic, it got me mad enough to rebut it point by point. Actual writing time was under 30 minutes.
Are you a sweet-tooth or a salt-tooth?
Salt-tooth. My favorite bagel is a salt bagel with cream cheese – I’m sure that’s not healthy, so I don’t do it all the time, but whenever I see a salt bagel in the coffee shop display case I’m tempted.
What is the most ambitious meal you ever made?
For Deb’s birthday one year Marcia Butler and I made a seven course vegetarian Chinese meal. It was a day worth of shopping the day before to get all the ingredients, and a day worth of chopping to get everything ready to cook. I was the sous chef, having learned my vegetable chopping skills from doing Sunday evening dinner cooking at Joint House co-op at the University of Michigan.