Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Random Interview Project: Marisa

This interview in the (very popular) Random Interview Project comes to us from Marisa, who lives in Texas and keeps a blog called Simple Games. She does some awesome photography, and always has fun layouts.

She says: "Thanks for interviewing me again. As much as I dislike admitting it,
I enjoy talking about myself. Hopefully everybody likes reading the answers too. The other interviews are interesting, for sure."

1. If you could have been born as a novel character, who would you have wanted to be and why?
Lucy Honeychurch, from A Room with a View by E. M. Forster. Lucy is an upper class, Victorian girl, which means high collars and stiff social mores. Yet she feels the broadness of life, and tries to show her feelings, in quiet defiance of society. The places she goes, Venice, Rome, attract me, as does the quirky and deep-feeling nature of the man who loves her. She seems odd and fun and tender. And I like the name Lucy.

2. What are your three favourite movies, and why do you think that this is so?
Princess Bride.: It has all of the elements of a good story, adventure, romance, action, suspense, humor. Every line is quotable, and it is very funny.
Persuasion: Keeping closely to the book, this movie is filled with a contrast of common sense and thoughtlessness. The colours and moods make it calming, while Anne Elliot's goodness in the face of the buffoonery of her family is exemplary. When she is settled in a respectable position with her lover at the end, all of her self denial seems rewarded.
Stage Fright: It's an early Hitchcock film with all of his suspense, plus a large cast of wonderful characters. There's even a surprise ending. The mystery is commonplace, but the intricate web of emotion surrounding the people is spectacular. The love story is also especially sweet.

3. If you could receive a scholarship to learn a particular trade, what would you like to learn how to do?

My ideal learning experience would be to study philosophy, literature or history in some dusty, English university like Oxford or Cambridge. Sitting in lectures by aged professors, poring through old books, exploring the countryside and small cafes with bright, English friends, and pondering great ideas, the surge and flow of the thoughts of men, the impact of idealogies, that would be wonderful. I guess the practice would lead to a job teaching myself, and writing the kinds of books that sit for years in libraries.

4. Who is your favourite artist or craftsperson? What do you particularly love that they have created?
Sir Thomas Lawrence is probably my favorite painter. His work was centered around the court of England in the early 1800s, being knighted, and then made president of the Royal Academy. His paintings are so vivid and transparent in detail, like the sitter could come to life and reach out to touch you. The subjects he painted ranged from society figures to the crowned heads of many European nations. I saw a great deal of his works at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and then a few more here at home.

5. What is your favourite number, and why?
I don't really have a favorite number. I do like dimes, though.

6. If the next time you blinked it would magically take you to another locale, where would you wish to go?
Paris, first. I want to eat from the street markets, climb the Eiffel Tower, go to a service in Notre Dame, and ride a cruise on the Seine.

Then Venice, Vienna, Brugge, Lausanne . . .

7. What is your dream car?
A creamy beige Volkswagen convertible with a black top. The flower vase is too neat. Bike rack, of course.

8. Imagine for a moment you have two summer months to do absolutely anything, and money is no object. What would you spend these two months doing?
Lapping up the sunshine with a party of friends while living in Greece.

9. Of the photographs you have taken, which one is your favourite? Please describe it to us.
It's a picture of a pot of yellow flowers on a sidewalk. The red brick background fades to black and the green leaves make the crisp, yellow buds pop to the front. It was an accidental favorite, shot as I was walking down the street.

10. How far have you travelled, and what is a favourite memory of a place very far from home?
British Columbia, Canada to the west, St. Andrew's, Scotland to the north. Houston, Texas to the south, York, England, to the east.

I've seen the Queen of England. She glided past in a coach, not six feet from me, during her birthday parade two summers ago. We walked down the Mall to Buckingham Palace and took pictures as the Royal Family waved from a balcony. I remember hinking what the crowd must look like to them, what they'd seen as they walked hrough the rooms and doorways to the balcony, and what else had happened there, the
V-Day celebration of her father, George VI, the famous kiss of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and a thousand other occasions, small to them, but important to the common people. It was quite exciting.

You can read Marisa's previous interview here.

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