(Steller)

Air Mail’s 66 Questions

(Journal)
Published – 07.09.2022
(Writing)

I love this format for interviews!

The actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke answers 66 of life's most pressing questions for Graydon Carter's Air Mail. "On the occasion of [the Last Movie Stars] release, Hawke shares his key components to the good life.

AIRLINE: An airline to heaven that flies straight to eternity.
AIRPORT: I don’t know why, but I really like Albuquerque.
ALIBI: “I was deep in prayer.”
BAG: A saddlebag.
BEDTIME: Just after sunrise.
BIKE: A Citi Bike or a Triumph motorcycle.
BIRTHDAY: Poker party after a movie.
BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND: “Cherry” from The Outsiders.
BREAKFAST, WEEKDAY: None.
BREAKFAST, WEEKEND: Eggs over easy, green juice, Bloody Mary, pancakes, avocado toast, coffee, cinnamon bun, croissant, toast and jam, fresh orange juice, and a small chocolate croissant.
CAR: A forest-green ’68 Shelby Cobra.
CHILD: They don’t need to be perfect.
COCKTAIL: Michelada.
COCKTAIL APPETIZER: Chips and salsa.
COUPLE: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
DATE: Riding bikes to Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
DIET: All you can eat.
DINNER, WEEKDAY: Pizza.
DINNER, WEEKEND: A Mexican fiesta.
DISGUISE: My mask from /The/ /Black Phone./
DRESS: One that’s on the floor.
DRIVE: Cabot Trail, in Nova Scotia.
ENEMY: A dead one.
ESCAPE: The N.B.A.
FAMILY: I always liked the Joads from /The Grapes of Wrath./
FIRST LADY: Michelle Obama.
FIT: Anything that’s not too tight.
FLAW: I’m too honest.
FOIL: The truth.
FRIEND: One who can forgive.
GOOD-BYE: “‘Good-bye’ is too good a word. So I’ll just say fare-thee-well.”
HIDEAWAY: A tree house.
HOTEL: The Hotel Chelsea during the 60s.
INSULT: No such thing as a good one.
JACKET: A Levi’s jean jacket with sheepskin collar and lining.
LAST MEAL: Strawberry shortcake.
LUNCH, WEEKDAY: At Rice & Miso, in Brooklyn.
MOVIE: /One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest./
NAME: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
NEIGHBORS: Joe and Cynthia.
NONFICTION BOOK: /The Method,/ by Isaac Butler.
PANTS: Army pants.
PET: A raccoon.
PIECE OF ADVICE: Any that was actually asked for.
PRESIDENT: Willie Nelson.
RESTAURANT: Rucola, in Brooklyn.
RIDE: Horseback.
SAYING: “Carpe diem.”
SECOND SPOUSE: Mine.
SHOES: Converse high-tops.
SINGER: One who’s honest.
SPOUSE: One who makes you laugh.
STORM: Storms never last.
STREET: I like ’em all.
TELEVISION SERIES: I’m partial to /The Good Lord Bird./
THEME SONG TO YOUR LIFE: “To Live Is to Fly,” by Townes Van Zandt.
TIME OF DAY: Every second.
TOAST: Gratitude.
VACATION: A staycation.
VICTIM: An audience.
VIEW: Your face.
WAKE-UP TIME: Early.
WEEKEND BAG: A glove box.
WORK OF ART: The second side of /Abbey Road./
WORKS OF FICTION: /Anna Karenina/, by Leo Tolstoy, and /The Complete Stories/, by Flannery O’Connor/./
WRITING IMPLEMENT: Uni-ball roller fine-point micro tip .5.

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