Before you come to Wine with Writers (register), we thought it would be kind of cool for you to get to know the writers a little better. We’re asking 5 Quickfire Questions, and they’re giving the answers.
So lemme get things rolling. Here’s mine …
What was the last show on Netflix you binge watched embarrassingly fast?
The last show I watched embarrassingly fast was Sex Education. Gillian Anderson (who was Scully on X Files and DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall another binge-worthy Netflix series) starred. She plays a sex therapist who has a 15-year-old son who is grappling with his awakening sexuality in a household where his mother talks about sex perhaps way too much. He has a crush on a girl rumored to the school slag (i.e. ‘slut’ in American parlance) and his best friend is a gender-queer Black kid whose parents are conservative, Christian African immigrants. Man, I loved this show. It was about the messiness that is humanity, about friendship, self-acceptance and love (romantic, filial, maternal …) Just some of the best television I’ve watched in ages, and educational for me in this new world of sexual and gender fluidity. I recommend it!
What’s in your bag/purse?
Is it weird that I actually like telling people what’s in my purse? Ha! Well … I have my iPhone 6. I mention that it’s a 6 because it explains why I have the other item, my wall charger. The iPhone 6 is busted, restarts spontaneously and uses battery strength really fast because I think Apple and the cellphone carriers scam us into upgrading every year by making the phones outdated like every 15 minutes. I’ve decide to weather the inconvenience and not get suckered into buying a $1,000 phone. Anyway, back to my purse: I also have six pens (all which write impeccably well, otherwise why have them?), a highlighter for the book I’m reading currently. Also, there’s a notebook for story ideas, three lip moisturisers, a lipstick, a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, a tube of unscented lotion, a book (Black Card by Chris L. Terry—EXCELLENT so far! And fun fact, the actor who narrates it also narrated my audiobook for Snowflake) my mini ereader, my sunglasses, wallet and several wads of Starbucks napkins. Oh, and I also have an emergency bar of dark chocolate for when I think I might pass out from hunger, and a pack of Starbucks shortbread cookies in case the chocolate doesn’t work and I need more carbs.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I’ll probably answer this differently depending on when you ask me. I’ve had a few that were not so wonderful. Today my answer is when I worked for the Federal Marshal Service and they’d capture fugitives and would bring them back to the place where I worked which was a little-known, super-secret and discreet holding facility at Washington DC’s Union Station. I know they were prisoners and some of them quite dangerous, but I don’t like seeing human beings in shackles so that job sucked. I never envisioned myself as working for the prison industrial complex.
What’s the most crucial thing for a healthy relationship?
Cliché time! But honest communication is what I think is the most crucial. I think if I can trust that you will tell me what’s going on with you, and be honest about it, we can weather any storm. Relationships may end, and some should. But I think with honest communication, the likelihood is that they’ll not end, but evolve: from lovers to friends, from friends to lovers … whatever. Without honesty, without communication, I think endings are more likely than evolution.
What will finally break the internet?
We will. I’m becoming more and more of a conspiracy theorist as I grow older. Now, I think the information age is turning on us. There is almost too much of … stuff out there and lots of it is manufactured, so it’s not information, really, but misinformation. I think the next big revolution will be about combating misinformation and resisting the government’s efforts at hiding information. We already see a little of that happening with people objecting to facts, and high-key making arguments for why people shouldn’t have them; like the conservative response to the 1619 Project from the New York Times. And the other side of that is where we see people becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the traction that false narratives get. I think “the people” are going to rebel and the internet as we know it is the new battleground for deciding who we are as humankind, and who we want to be.
So … those were my 5 Quickfire Responses. I’d love to talk to you more, and this time in person. Come to Wine with Writers!
Love & light,