On Sunday, the hilarious mind behind My Dang Blog nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is my third time receiving this flattering recognition from someone whose writing I find far more entertaining than my own and I feel I may be reaching the bottom of my reservoir of snarky replies to quasi-personal queries, but I’m going to answer the questions she posed just the same because she’s one of the funniest bloggers out there (with a little help from her astoundingly loquacious dog, Titus). As usual, I will ignore the rest of the rules of Liebster Award acceptance (use the award image as the header for this post; concoct 10 questions of my own; choose other bloggers to answer said questions) but I now feel vindicated in doing so because the fantastic writer behind Tom Being Tom recently accepted this award with a similar disregard for the rules.
Here we go:
1) Why do you write?
I was recently asked this very same question by a reader of my blog and I said something to the effect of writing being one of the few things I do well, but honestly, I don’t know how to answer this question. I have no aspirations for fame or wealth…or even publication beyond this virtual space. I don’t necessarily think that the things about which I pontificate are terribly original or profound, but my very gracious readers seem to differ. I suppose what I’m trying to do with my particular brand of half-baked philosophical entertainment is inspire readers to further investigate the topics I explore on their own. If someone really starts to delve into the voluminous literature of theoretical physics and Eastern philosophy, he or she would almost certainly find my thoughts on such matters superfluous at best and woefully inadequate at worst. Lately, I find I am tiring of reading my own mental detritus. Yet, here I am spewing more of it into the matrix.
2) Which of your own blog posts should people read if they want to really know you?
I don’t tend to say very much about myself in my posts, but at least in this one, I described how I dress and where I live: Pitiful Pity
3) Best hybrid animal and why?
It’s a fucking sloth and a tortoise. Do I really have to explain why?
4) Flowers or chocolate?
Am I planting a garden or eating dessert? Hippopotamus or lip balm?
5) What was your favourite childhood toy?
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
6) What is one thing about your life that you would change?
The person who is living it.
7) Who is your favourite writer?
Fiction: Kurt Vonnegut
Non-Fiction: Alan Watts
Fiction & Non-Fiction: Robert Anton Wilson
8) Are you crafty? (Either ‘cunning’ or ‘able to make crafts’)
Whichever definition of the word “crafty” you choose, I am the antithesis of it.
9) What movie do you like to watch over and over? Why?
The Big Lebowski. No matter how many times I watch it, I never tire of hearing John Goodman deliver the line: “Nihilists? Shit. You know what, Dude? Say what you will about National Socialism, but at least it’s an ethos!”
10) What makes you laugh?
Family Guy. Bob’s Burgers. Broad City. Sarah Silverman. Patton Oswalt. George Carlin. Jenny Lawson. David Sedaris. Ally Brosh. The Onion. Maddox. After a coastal city experiences a massive earthquake, when the survivors come out to survey the damage only to spot a massive tsunami barreling towards them.