I used to be a big fan of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, until James Lipton interviewed Jennifer Lopez, and then I just lost all affection for that program (Is J.Lo talented? Yes. At what? I'm sure I have no idea). Actually, I used to be a big fan of Bravo until it became the Project Runway and Law and Order: CI channel. Anyway, I'm killing time until I can escape for home, so here's my attempt at the Bernard Pivot questionaire.
(Oh, and I ACED my First Testament class. Woo-hoo!)
What is your favorite word?
Currently, it's splagchnizomai, which is a Greek verb that means "I am moved in my guts, ie. I have compassion." Apparently the Greeks used to think that the bowels were the center of compassion. But isn't that a great word? It sounds exactly like what it is, like a bowl of cold spaghetti that you'd use in a Halloween horror house; it also sounds like what being moved to compassion is -- your guts are rearranged, and then so is your head.
I also like el amortiguidor, which is Spanish for "shock absorber." With the word amor in there you'd think it was something about love, but it's not. Still, isn't that what love is, a shock absorber?
What is your least favorite word?
Saved. Because as a word in this environment, it's pretty much lost all its soteriological currency. Am I saved? Are you saved? Are you saved right? I don't know, and I bet you really don't know either, that's why you're asking.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Flow, as is described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, that feeling of being completely in the zone, on the ball, totally present in the moment, all of which lead to utter excellence. I love the rare occasions when I'm there, and I love even more witnessing other people who are in flow. I don't even have to like what you're doing or creating or saying, but when you're flowing, you're perfect and I love being near you.
What turns you off?
Perceived victimhood. I guess that's Mitt Romney, at the moment.
What is your favorite curse word?
There's so many to choose from, and I choose from them all the time. I can't say that I really have a favorite, although I do seem to be quite partial to fuckinggoddammit. I'd really like to learn how to curse in Chinese, just because I think it would sound so cool.
What sound or noise do you love?
Any Latin rhythm. Salsa, reggae, afro-carribean, vallenato, bachata, rock en espanol, you name it, I love it.
What sound or noise do you hate?
Jennifer Lopez saying, "You know what I mean?" which she did about 8,000 times on the Inside the Actors Studio that broke my fandom's back. No, seriously, the sound I hate the most is self-righteous smugness. You know how Bush does when he leans on the podium and tries to put the smack down on a reporter asking a good question? That.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Dream job would be rock star, but seeing as that I'm a terrible singer and can't read music (too much math) and am terribly shy in front of audiences, that'll probably never happen. But profession that I would like to attempt and am attempting to get there is religion scholar.
What profession would you not like to do?
Paris Hilton's press agent. Coyote. Drug dealer. Politician. Copy chief.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Take another crack at it. Try to remember what you learned the last time.