In which we ask the same questions Teen magazine asked teen idol Zac Efron, star of the Disney Channel’s High School Musical movies; see original interview here.
Peter Conners is the author of the widely acclaimed prose poetry collection Of Whiskey and Winter (White Pine Press, 2008), the novella Emily Ate the Wind Marick Press. His memoir about touring with the Grateful Dead, Growing Up Dead, will be published by Da Capo Press in Spring 2009. He is also editor of PP/FF: An Anthology, which was published by Starcherone Books in 2006. [Full disclosure: a piece by this interviewer appears in that anthology.] Peter is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Double Room: A Journal of Prose Poetry & Flash Fiction. He served as a 2005 guest editor for American Book Review. Peter does a lot of things, so it was a miracle we got a hold of him in his Rochester, NY home. And we're glad we did!
Age: Street Legal
Birthplace: Gwenyth F. Conners
You may know me because: You don’t know me.
My house is: Hovering six feet over the ground.
The first thing I do every morning is: Get out of bed, drag a comb across my head.
About my pets: Most are dead. One is living.
I exercise: Therefore I am.
Lately I've been surprised by: The tensile strength of string cheese.
The cereals in my cupboard are: Trying to kill me.
I'll eat and eat and eat and eat and eat…
My coolest article of clothing: A diamond-encrusted gold-plated two-tone multi-dimensional snap-brim fedora.
My most prized possession: The still-beating heart of Edgar Allen Poe that I bought at Michael Jackson’s yard sale.
My TV screen is: Bigger than yours.
My favorite TV channel is: Capable of heartbreaking cruelty.
My first financial splurge: GUM!
Wackiest fan encounter: It wasn’t wacky at all. I still feel the phantom finger I lost to that fan. It haunts me. Why would you ask me about that?
Before I die, I want to: Understand why I was alive.
Celebrity whom I'd ask for an autograph: Zac Efron.
Dream car: Takes me places where yellow trees whisper lullabies…
When I fly I have to have… A funky backbeat.
People would be surprised that I: Need a funky backbeat when I fly.
Book I'm reading: Book? Is that some kind of joke?
Magazines I subscribe to: My favorite is (insert name of magazine you are reading)!
Favorite cartoon: Life.
The DVD release I was most excited about was: The Fall of the House of Usher (1928). Directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber.
I can't start my day without: Laughing hysterically.
If I had to spend $10 at my favorite fast food joint, I'd order: The tall one wants white toast, dry, with nothin' on it. And the short one wants four whole fried chickens, and a Coke.