The questions in this interview come from knullabulla
The answers come from me:1) If a movie was made based on your life, would your character be: the hero, the villain, the side-kick, the henchman, or the comic relief? What genre would your movie be (i.e. sci-fi, comedy, romance, etc.)? Why?
I’d be in a strange independent movie, with long periods of odd people doing incomprehensible things, interspersed with handheld clips of the real me…probably something like American Splendor. But with film clips of 60’s protests and travel footage, so a little more diverse than AS. Probably rated NC-17. I’d be the protagonist of course, but hardly heroic (see comparison to American Splendor). Sort of the anti-heroine, always winding up in some place I didn’t intend to go when I started out. Closer to comic than to tragic…2) I hear that you practice yoga. How would you encourage a newbie to begin practicing?
“Come to yoga with an empty stomach, bare feet, and an open heart.” That’s my teacher quoting somebody, don’t know who. To me it means that yoga will act on much more than your body, but you need to come without preconceptions. Can’t think of what’s harder to do—sort of like not thinking about a green tiger.
I’m a great believer in going to classes, because it’s really hard to know how to make your body do some of those things without someone to guide you. And I worry that people will hurt themselves by trying to be too extreme. If you can afford classes, then the next thing is shopping around until you find a teacher you like and trust. Sort of like looking for a therapist or a house—you need to find one that really suits you. If you can’t go to a class, you can get videos—Rodney Yee is good. And his book, The Poetry of the Body, is good, too. But doing it from a book seems impossible to me.3) We all have vices. Which of your vices would you never ever be willing to give up?
Hmm. Well, the ones that hurt other people, I really would like to give up. And some things are so patently bad that you know even when you’re really enjoying them that they need to go—cocaine, adultery, and fossil fuel engines, to name a few. Not hard to let those go.
But some vices seem so innocent. Ironic I should get this question, because I was just realizing last week that one of the major vices of my life, one of the hardest to let go, is reading. I think it’s a vice the way I do it, because I read addictively. Of course it’s fun and mentally challenging and I learn a lot—but it’s definitely a way of numbing myself to the world. And shutting out other people. (But then, come to think of it, that's how I'm reaching you, right?)
Are habaneros and garlic vices?4) If you could live life through the eyes of one fictional character, who would it be?
It’s always the last one I read, so right now, it’s Sheri Tepper’s Beauty, from book of same name. She had a life! Adventurous, smart, sexy, one committed relationship but lots of interesting friends and possiblities, travelled to very strange worlds, and, like Buffy, saved the world. And was magic.
There are a lot of other books I really like, but I definitely wouldn’t want to be ANY of the characters in them. Like Perfume
, for instance.5) If you didn't have any responsibilities to attend to, and money was no problem, what would you be doing right now?
Always easy for me to answer. I’d be in the ocean. Somewhere warm and sunny, with great rolling waves, and dolphins. Maybe occasionally I’d get out and eat, and go to visit another ocean. The Rules of the Game
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