1. What did you do in 2018 that you'd never done before?
I visited a marijuana dispensary. Its security setup was fascinating.
I went to a wonderful immersive theater thing called The Speakeasy</i>. Had a fabulous time and would definitely like to have more experiences like that.
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Although I don’t usually make New Years’ resolutions, I am making two this year.
Who knows if anything will come of them?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. My 20-year old cat, the Meezer.
5. What countries did you visit?
In my imagination? Bhutan! Cambodia! Czechoslovakia! Besźel! Ul Qoma!
6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
More money is always good. And I would like to expand my circle of friends here in the Hudson Valley to include people with whom I can have real conversations.
7. What date(s) from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 6! Fabulous people, fabulous music.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finishing Elliott Roosevelt’s Motorcar.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not finishing If You Find This, Take It: It Was Meant for You.
10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Didn’t have any bad outbreaks of the Autoimmune Disease. Did manage to fuck up my right knee. I’m inclined to think that’s related to an old, old, old ankle injury that never healed properly. I think I compensate for that old ankle injury by pronating, and that’s what fucked up my knee.
The injury is mostly healed but I suspect that knee will always be a little stiff from here on out.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Robo vacuum cleaner! Hours of antic hilarity! Though it's kind of a bust as a cat toy.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Many, many people. But I’ll single out JL for reaching out to me with his concerns about Max and for being the energy center behind setting up the Bar Tutoring consortium.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
At the global level? Donald Trump’s.
At the personal level? You know, people are people, and I think almost everyone tries to do the best he or she can. Their motives may not always be clear to moi, but I am going to presume good faith.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, food, travel, cats, kids.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Nothing. And that's a problem.
16. What song will always remind you of 2018?
I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today (Randy Newman)
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder? Sadder.
b) Thinner or fatter? Thinner.
c) Richer or poorer? Poorer.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise. Travel. Writing.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Watching mindless streaming videos. Bitching.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With Flavia! Wandering around Sunset Park. Big fun!
21. How will you spend New Years?
Hmmmm. I would like to do something, but I’m hobbled by my reluctance to drive at night.
How I spend tomorrow is actually more important than how I spend tonight since I have a superstition that New Years’ Day lays the symbolic motifs that one way or another, you will be encountering again and again throughout the year.
22. Did you fall in love in 2017?
Ha, ha, ha!
23. How many one-night stands?
Asthmatic with laughter! Rolling around on the floor, clutching my sides, gasping for breath! Cats preparing to do CPR.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hating people is a waste of time.
26. What was the best book you read?
The City and the City (China Mieville)
Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monster and The Shining Girls were close seconds.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Drawing a complete blank with this one.
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
Even more money. Love.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The three I enjoyed the most were Sorry to Bother You, The Favourite, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 66. As I recall, I went to a bad movie, and bought and consumed an entire half-pound of Krause’s hazelnut truffles.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More of a sense of connection with other people. More of a sense of conviction that my own work is worth something.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?
I started to dress a little bit better! My absolute favorite pieces of clothing presently are my black cashmere turtleneck, my oversized grey sweater-dress, and my very trendy black coat. I also discovered that I look okay in bright red lipstick.
34. What kept you sane?
My garden. My cats.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Seems to me that I did have a few celebrity crushes this year though I’m damned if I can remember any of them.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The only political issue I really care about is income disparity.
I mean, yeah, yeah, yeah—climate change. But here's the thing: Part of me actually resents the obsession with climate change. It’s like the capitalists finally woke up: Huh. That whole Industrial Revolution that made us fabulously wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of avarice? Waddiya know—it had negative consequences! I know! Let’s impose carbon taxes that will disproportionately affect the poor!
Fuck carbon taxes that disproportionately affect the poor. It's rich people who destroyed the earth with their heavy industry and their ridiculous reworking of geography and the economy so that all of us are slaves to our automobiles. Let rich people pay to clean up the Earth.
Plus, the prospect of human extinction does not bother me in the slightest. Even though as a parent, I have skin in that game. What's up with that? I guess at heart I'm a misanthrope.
37. Who did you miss?
I miss a lot of people.
Which in some ways is kinda like saying I don’t miss anyone.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I really liked Abbe, and I really liked Doreen.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018.
Boy, that’s a tough one. You generally learn the most when you’re struggling through difficult times, and this year was more-or-less frictionless. 2018 had no cautionary moral.
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