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The popular locally based comedian Eugene Mirman is the author of The Will to Whatevs
For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what's the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
said that I was a cross between Andy Warhol and Andy Kaufman. Penthouse
said that my book may appeal to 20-somethings, but not Penthouse
's more mature readers. I think somewhere in the middle of that gives people an idea of what I do.
What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers' lives for the better?
I'm not sure if it will change your life permanently, but here some things I've come across and enjoyed recently: the graphic novel series Fables
, Ken Burns' movie about Mark Twain, the band Born Ruffians, and the Trout BLT at Brooklyn Fish Camp
(plus they have $1 oysters during happy hour!).
Whose ghostwritten celebrity tell-all (or novel) would you sprint to the store to buy (along with a copy of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius so that the checkout clerk doesn't look at you screwy)?
I wouldn't buy either book. I would buy WIRED
magazine just to finally find out what it is. Too bad you didn't ask me which celebrity I would fuck while they read a tell-all book about themselves and acted annoyed each time they read something inaccurate. I have a huge list of those celebrities.
Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
I wasn't starving, but I was an artist with maxed out credit cards and couldn't pay any of my bills. It was terrible, but at least I didn't have health care. I still can't get new credit cards and get turned down even for $10 loans (I should stop applying for $10 loans). I would sell CD's, DVDs, and clothes to CD stores and thrift shops for spending cash. I don't know if it made me brilliant. It's hard to say what made me brilliant. Probably growing up a douchebag and Jewish.
What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
Probably them coming up to me, saying they enjoyed my book, maybe asking a question, and then walking away politely. Is that the right answer? Or is it better to want to have dinner with them and see where things go?
Have you ever written anything that you'd like to take back?
Probably, but it doesn't come to mind. Can I instead apologize on behalf of whoever wrote Transporter 3
? They probably don't have a public forum to express their regret.