Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Warwick's Questionnaire: Christian Lander

The so-called Proust Questionnaire was originally a 19th-century parlor game designed to reveal bits of the soul, personality, & deep secrets of the participants through a series of pointed questions.  Versions of the quiz were re-popularized in the 20th-century by Vanity Fair and Inside the Actors Studio.  Our version - The Warwick's Questionnaire - is a series of ten questions designed to plumb the depths of the souls of visiting authors.

Christian Lander is the creative mind behind the website, and the bestselling author of Stuff White People Like and the brand-new, Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews.

Stuff White People Like #842: Christian Lander
 1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  • In 1994, I threw a perfect game in video game baseball against my brother.
2. What is your greatest fear?
  • My greatest fear are severe tire damage spikes. Not kidding.
3. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
  • Are you kidding me? I would fly! Who would take anything else?
4. If you could bring one writer back from the dead, who would it be?
  • Mark Twain. I think he would make the greatest NPR host in history.
5. What is your most treasured possession?
  • My E.T. doll from when I was a kid.
6. Which living person do you most admire?
7. If you were not able to be in the writing profession, what would your preferred occupation be?
  • Shooting guard for the Lakers or Rock Star. But failing those, I would probably say teaching. I taught throughout my graduate school career and would say that it was by far the most rewarding part of the experience.
8. What are 3 items on The List that you secretly can't live without?
  • 1) Expensive Sandwiches
  • 2) Modern Furniture (Specifically Mid Century Modern)
  • 3) Sweaters
9. What are you most looking forward to seeing on your tour stop in San Diego?
  • The Pacific Ocean! I know we have it in LA, but it just seems cleaner here.
10.What is your motto?
  • I wish I had one. But I'd say it's "Remember that no matter how good you are at something, there is someone out there better. So don't be such an asshole about it."

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