The Questionnaire: Michael Washburn
By The QuestionnaireMarch 29, 2012
How do you get up in the morning?
Howling cats, grumbling wife, programmed coffee pot.
Do you succumb to nostalgia?
I occasionally manage to overcome nostalgia.
Do you write long and cut, or short and backfill?
Both, depending on how close I am to a deadline.
What country would you want to be exiled in?
What's your favorite negative emotion?
What's your poison?
What's your problem?
Title of the book you're probably never going to write, but would kind of like to get around to?
A Brief History of Cultural Cliche.
Does plot matter?
Does age matter?
What's the question or questions we should have asked, had we known? What is the answer?
Would you rather have a tail that worked or wings that didn't?
The Questionnaire is, as her name suggests, a multifarious and mysterious interlocutor. Chameleon-like, her questions change their color as they approach each new interviewee.
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