YA novelist John Green's brother Hank (Hi, Hank!) suggests we viewers of Brotherhood 2.0 fill out his survey. So here it is!
1. Your name:
Or maybe not.
2. Your Web page: www.theboyfriendlist.com
3. What have you been up to this past year (please be as detailed as possible, because we actually want to know)?
writing novels. parenting. cooking dinners for lots of people. trying to be healthier. possibly succeeding. yoga. trying to be a good person. avoiding a nervous breakdown. listening to cheesy musical theater songs without shame. making piñatas out of papier mache.
4 How much longer do you think you'll be doing what you're doing?
years and years.
only maybe not the piñatas.
5 Why are you doing it?
writing books? it earns me money and it makes me laugh both at once. I have stories to tell.
the making of piñatas is only intermittent, and it amuses many people I love, including myself
6 What do you want to be doing?
Oh, I am doing it.
I just wish I had more time off from doing it.
7 What's next in your life?
I am spending 5 weeks in the country this July.
Tomorrow I am writing in a coffee shop with John and Maureen.
8 How You Doin'?
9 What's the best book you read this year?
Very hard to answer. This year is also quite young. Oh, you know what is AWESOME and so short that none of you should spend a single nother day without reading it? Wolves, by Emily Gravett, winner of the 2006 Kate Greenaway medal.
10 Describe a perfect day?
sleep late. yoga class. dim sum with my family. nap. go to the beach and read a mystery novel. Then have a dinner party.
11 Assuming that all things come to an end...how do you think humans will go extinct?
from a surfeit of television
12 How are you feeling about kids these days?
those cheeks! those cheeks!
13 (- In this space, compose your own question, and answer it -)
What book do you have coming out in May?
Dramarama, thank you for asking!
14 Ambrozzo tastes better than anything else, what does ambrozzo taste like?
Affedelice cheese on olive bread.
15 If you were a cliché, what cliché would you be?
You talk too much, homegirl, you never shut UP.
16 What is your least favorite part of any given day?
17 Do you enjoy science fiction?
On film, not in novels.
18 Cheese or Chocolate?
Cheese cheese cheese, oh, cheese, I love you
19 Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Cape Cod, perhaps. But being a New Yorker, I have constant and exceedingly vivid fantasies of living elsewhere – and I never go.
20 What was your first concert?
Oingo Boingo at the Seattle Center
21 If you could start a business that would be instantly successful, what kind of business would it be?
A meat-substitute that would be so good we could eliminate industrialized farming and which would spur a return to local, community-based agriculture and the humane treatment of animals in our society.
I also might like to have a little cookie shop.
22 Invisibility or Time Travel?
Time travel, of course. I love that book The Thyme Garden by Edward Eager.
23 What's wrong with the world?
It's so hard to help people who need help.