Hello Everyone. My name is Cliff. Levi was kind enough to tell me about this group. Now that my finals are over, I can put to print a post or two. Before I march on to posting, I thought it would be a good idea to get to know all the contributors to G-Soma. To do that, I’m going to enlist the help of the creepiest film star interviewer James Lipton.
Lipton always ends his interviews on Inside the Actors Studio with the same 10 questions. When I was interning at Southwest Airlines, I got to know everyone in the People (HR) department through personal interviews, and I always included a couple of these questions. So, without further adu about something:
What is your favorite word?
It’s always changing but right now it’s peripatetic. I’ve been reading some David Foster Wallace essays and he seems to enjoy this one quite a bit as well.
What is your least favorite word?
What is your least favorite word
I’m not sure if I have a least favorite word, but I find it quite funny when people are repulsed by the word ‘moist’. Things are going to get moist, and I think it’s hysterical when people’s faces gyrate when they run across this word.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
The little idiosyncrasies that typically go unnoticed in everyday life. I feel like many people need a film or a good book to document such things, but Broadway is right in the public’s eye. You just have to look for it.
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
People using the phrase ‘that’s what she said’, and a lack of sleep. The former has been a bit overused and I feel that the all too harangued cliche makes me as bitter as grandmothers instant coffee. Lack of sleep also seems to weigh on the creative generator in that noggin of mine.
What sound or noise do you love?
In my current residence, the sound of my feet hitting the wood floors causing the symbols of my roommates drumset to clinker. It’s an unintentional percussion and I always enjoy hearing it.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The roaring of a semi truck’s engine when I’m driving down I-35. My car doesn’t have air condition and when a truck is passing me (or vice versa), the noise drowns out the NPR playing in my car.
What is your favorite curse word?
The F-bomb is quite flexible. It can be used in quite a few different contexts. For that reason, I just might have to go with it.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Well currently, I’m a librarian, Barista, and Night Manager at the Ronald Mcdonald House, so I’d say a teacher. It’ll be awhile, but I’m quite excited to have the chance to be a performer in front of a classroom. Hopefully I can make the student’s learning by being just the right amount of absurd to sink into their memory.
What profession would you not like to do?
Lawyer. As Tom Hanks said, it’s like doing homework for a living. Plus, a job that’s more or less based on copying for a living (copying old court cases and applying to the present one), would put quite the drain on me creatively and spiritually.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
A good fart joke. It’d be the last thing I’d ever suspect.
Look forward to hearing the G-Soma community’s answers.
All the best,