If you can meet Kate Greenstreet, please make a point of doing it. If you can hear and see her read, make a double-point. Chances are greater now more than other times you will be able to hear her read. Kate Greenstreet, you see, is currently on a massive nationwide tour with her new book/DVD The Last 4 Things (Ahsahta Press). Allusive and elusive, Greenstreet's plainspoken adagia recalls, to this teenage-targeted interviewer, Fernando Pessoa, Wallace Stevens, and Ruth Stone.
Kate took some time away from her travels in the middle of Kansas to ask her some important questions. And we are glad she did!
Age: If Ashley Tisdale won't tell, I probably shouldn't either.
You may know me because: I met you the other night at a poetry reading.
My house is: about twice as old as I am.
The first thing I do every morning is: wonder what day it is.
My cell phone brand is: iPhone.
About my pets: deceased.
I exercise: ordinarily. Not lately.
Lately I've been surprised by: the behavior of others.
Book I'm reading: A Model Year by Gina Myers.
I was so excited when this came out on DVD: The Last 4 Things [left].
The cereals in my cupboard are: shredded wheat. (I don't eat cereal at home, but on the road my traveling cupboard is a ziplock of shredded wheat, a ziplock of coffee, a ziplock of tea, a bowl, a spoon, a cup, and an electric kettle. Milk and bananas are replenished as we go.)
For dinner, I like to make: Tunisian fish soup.
I'll eat sushi, but not: salami.
My coolest article of clothing: wore out.
My most prized possession: At the moment I'm relying most on my car.
My TV screen is: curved, grainy, dark.
When friends come over, we: eat and talk.
My favorite TV channel is: canceled.
My first financial splurge was: my first enlarger. $50.
Wackiest fan encounter: The other night at a reading I was heckled by a noisy air conditioner but fans don't seem to cause me any trouble.
TV show I never miss: the last one was Six Feet Under.
Before I die, I want to: take a train through the Alps.
The best perk of being a celebrity is: having an excuse to drive around the country.
Celebrity whom I'd ask for an autograph: Dan Nester. [ed: aww.]
Dream car: I like those little Mini Coopers. Black with a white roof.
When I fly I have to have: a drink.
People would be surprised that I: am thinking of them, even though I haven't been in touch.
Favorite cartoon: One dinosaur says to the other: When they ask for occupation, I usually say "Roam the Earth." (I'm writing this as we drive across Kansas.)
My iPod playlist: didn't get as far as putting any music on the iPhone before we left the house. Forgot the CDs too...
I can't start my day without: having at least an hour of solitude. I mean, I can and sometimes I do, but I don't like to.
If I had to spend $10 at my favorite fast food joint, I'd order: a pizza.