Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
30. "Designer". I've lived in New York for almost 14 months now. We moved here from San Francisco, but I lived in Minneapolis before that. We live in the West Village now and it's difficult to believe that we will ever move.
Three Up, Three Down
1. How's the magazine reading going? Any highs/lows?
I've only read three magazines so far: Wired, Print, and Prospect. Print is a design magazine that I'd never given much of a chance. I'd always thumbed through it at the magazine stand, looking at the pictures (porn for designers, I guess), but never found any of the articles interesting enough to actually buy an issue. Anyway, the articles in the issue I read were pretty good.
2. If a weblog is, as you surmise, a Wunderkammer, who is its Mr. Wilson?
Well, I'm kottke.org's Mr. Wilson, but I don't think that's what you're asking. Much of the emphasis of the weblogs I read (as well as my own) is the publishing and the attempt to communicate with an audience. The authors are not necessarily concerned with curating a collection of hypertext and links and crafting an experience in that way. They're much more concerned with what's happening now than how a post might fit with the rest of the collection.
3. I know you're not related, but you must occasionally break the fuck out in song? I mean, come on, don't ya?
Perhaps you've heard of my too-good-to-share techno banjo masterpiece? I'll take on Leo and his finger-pickin' any day of the week.
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
A few days after I first moved to NYC, I borrowed a TV from a friend, hauling it home in a cab. On the way, the cabbie ranted about "those niggers, man". When we arrived at my apartment, he hopped out to help with the TV (against my objections to let me handle it) while I dug in my wallet for the fare. In his eagerness, he took my bag out of the truck and set it on a nearby car. As I hauled the TV out of the trunk, I heard a sliding noise and a thunk, but it wasn't until I stepped on my bag as I brought the TV to the curb that I knew, just knew, that my camera had busted when the bag slid off the car onto the ground. And so it had.
9pm, Wednesday night - what are you doing?
Well, today was Wednesday and at 9pm, I was watching The Godfather Part II, dutifully recorded by TiVo a few days ago off of HBO. I don't do this every Wednesday.
What's your New York motto?
"Slower traffic keep to the right."
What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
Is a Powerbook considered part of one's wardrobe? Aluminum lap warmer?
Where do you summer?
Summer's a verb now? You'll have to excuse me...us hick midwesterners aren't used to summering or wintering anywhere. (Ed.- I'm sorry, this seems to be a recurring issue. Here's my defense, midwestern indeed.)
What was your best dining experience in NYC?
Gramercy Tavern was an amazing experience, right down to the coffee cake they send you home with to have for breakfast the next morning. But I think my favorite NYC restaurant is Risotteria on Bleecker in the Village. 50 different kinds of risotto! Come on!
The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
In the event of a catastrophe like that, I'm sure that the Department of Homeland Security will ensure that we will spend our last 24 indoors, under red-alerted martial law, cursing ourselves for incurring Jesuseses' wrath for even thinking of letting "those people" wed and ruin the sanctity of marriage. Oh sorry, too current events? Then fuck, I guess, like everyone else.