I’m all excited because I’ve always dreamed about this. Well, okay, I really was interviewed once in real life at one of our worse performances of Brazilian music but that was real lame, and I’m still not sure if that was a real newspaper person since there never was anything in the paper afterwards. I think she pulled a joke on me especially since she asked me for an autograph. (That had been my first and maybe only autograph ever. See, how famous I am? That comes from performing only in your house. Without an audience.) At least I could have pretended to be interviewed with a real microphone since I have a couple of those.
So, this interview was hosted by Beck of “Frog and Toad are still Friends” who was so kind to send me a bundle of questions over when I screamed “Me too, I wanna be interviewed, pretty please, me too!” in her comments. She also was interviewed (obviously this is a meme) and here’s the link to her answers. When I put myself forward like this I didn’t realize that this was a meme, and since I have been waiting for almost a week before answering the questions, you probably all have done this anyway. If not I’ll send questions to the first five people who write a comment that they want me to. But I warn you it’ll take me awhile for sure.
So, here at last the interview:
1. If you could have one person you’ve lost touch with call you up and invite you to dinner, who would you want it to be?
Argh. I’m really not sure. There are a lot of people I have lost touch with over the years. I could choose someone really nice who obviously isn’t mad at me, a friend of mine in college days. He is a cello player, he was the only one of my male friends who ever called me again after I got married and the reason we lost touch is the time-and-energy-factor only since he sent me and e-mail just three months ago (but hasn’t written since).
I could choose someone whom I haven’t seen for ages like my best friend in elementary school. As I said, there are a lot of options. I’d probably vote for meeting a friend of mine from the German equivalent of high school who decided to move away and see the world for a time, and then never wrote again. I’m thinking about her often and the last time I met another friend of hers (in 1992) he hadn’t heard of her either.
2. Which actress – past or present- should play you in the movie version of your life?
First of all I don’t really think there should be a movie version of my life since the book would be so much better anyway. Second, I don’t know actresses at all. But then, since the actress doesn’t have to look like me because the movie wouldn’t look like my life anyway, I could choose someone really beautiful like Audrey Hepburn or Alyson Hannigan. (Feel free to point me towards actresses who look like me.) But then in a movie version anything could be changed. Maybe I’d end up a blonde anorexic actress or something.
3. What one thing about you has changed the most since childhood?
Um, my first impulse – doubtless prompted by the word anorexic in the last paragraph – was to say my weight. But that’s not important. I’ve become happy, calm and much more patient. (And of course that’s only one thing.)
4. If you could keep only one book that you currently own, which one would you pick?
After thinking that if I could only keep one it wouldn’t matter anyhow and just leave me pen and paper I’d say “Gaudy Night” by Dorothy L. Sayers. Though it would be really cruel to leave me without books. Really cruel. This book is the one that I come back to again and again ever since I was a teenager and read it for the first time in an abridged German version. After re-reading it once or twice a year since then I realized just a couple of weeks ago that this book has shaped a lot of my opinions about the world. And only when I went to look up when I had bought it in English did I realize that I don’t own it in English and have read in an abridged version for years.
Of course one would think that a heavy book like the bible would be a good idea but I think after a while every book would seem stale.
5. Which one thing gives you the most comfort?
Faith and hope (and yes, that is one thing too). If we’re speaking about more tangible things I’d say my bed.
Phew. Thank you Beck for making me think real hard.