If you could solve any mystery for yourself, for example: Jack the Ripper, Atlantis, etc, what would it be?
I’d like to know–for sure–that Oswald acted alone in the assassination of JFK.
I recently saw the special 10 questions for the Dalai Lama, who would you like to be able to sit with and talk to, alive or dead?
I suppose I’d like to have a conversation with H.P. Lovecraft, although I suspect I would be disappointed with what he had to say. Still…the curiosity is there.
What is on your iPod right now?
Most recently, a rock group called James (Hey Ma is the name of the album). Also Coldplay, the new Al Green Album, The Raspberries’ live reunion album, the new Randy Newman album (Harps and Angels), the Hold Steady, and a great record called Real Animal by Alejandro Escovedo. But there are thousands of songs on there. Oddly enough–or maybe not–what I keep going back to are gospel songs by Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers.
You helped coach your son’s little league team to the Maine Little League Championship in 1989, which is something he will never forget, can you recall your most memorable moment when you played Little League?
The Maine State Championship game, which we won with a walk-off home run in extra innings. The crowd, as they say, went crazy.
If you were not a writer, what profession would you do?
Since you play guitar for The Rock Bottom Remainders, what guitar player or band would you like to jump on stage with for one show?
AC/DC, of course.
What is the worst job you have ever had?
When I washed industrial laundry for New Franklin Laundry in Bangor, twice a week (in summer) we used to get the table linen from Testa’s of Bar Harbor. Testa’s is a famous seafood restaurant, where the elite meet. But the elite never saw those napkins and tablecloths after a hot summer day in the back of a laundry pick-up truck. They stank, which was bad, and they were squirming with maggots. But I washed em, and by God they came out clean.
How relieved where you when the Boston Red Sox finally won the World Series in 2004? And I live in Los Angeles, so thanks for Manny Ramirez! I’m still waiting for the Minnesota Vikings to win the Super Bowl!
I miss Manny. He really has fun playing the game, and you gotta like that. As for the Series win in 2004–I’ve got a tee-shirt that says NOW I CAN DIE IN PEACE, and that pretty well sums it up.
In looking back, which one of your published works would you pull off the shelves?
I did pull one. It’s called Rage (under the Bachman pseudonym). I’ve never regretted doing that.
What is one item that is on your Bucket List, you have yet to complete?
I guess I’ve done it all–I’m lucky. Becoming a grandfather might have been the last one. I’d like to win a major literary prize, but–probably lucky for me–that’s optional.