Daniel Handler: “Let’s not go overboard.”
See Daniel Handler in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer at Z Space Oct. 11. We hear there may be some accordion and ukulele involved!
1. What is your favorite book?
The Black Brook by Tom Drury.
2. Who is your favorite writer?
3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why?
Oh, who knows? Because one keeps changing one’s mind.
4. How old were you when you were first published?
Unless school literary journals count, 29.
5. What writing style do you most abhor?
“As you can see from the following distracting specifics, I have certainly done an awful lot of research.”
6. What is your favorite writing cliché?
People crying in train stations.
7. What is your favorite word?
8. When and how do you write?
All day long on legal pads, at home or in secret cafés.
9. What is your greatest fear when you first turn in a manuscript?
That I will die and they’ll publish it anyway, before I get to look it over again.
10. In what era do you wish you’d been born?
This one, but a few visits into the past would be fun.
11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Let’s not go overboard.”
12. Which talent would you most like to have?
Fluency in many languages.
13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Giving money away.
14. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Ellen Gilchrist’s Nora Jane.
15. How would you like to die?
Suddenly. I’ve already thought about it too much.