We interrupt regular programming on Shuttertext to bring you a serenade to dragon eye jam, gumballs, swimmers, and teeth. So while that’s hardly a different subject matter compared to our usual Shuttertext passages, we hope you find the Q&A format fresh and exciting!
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Sara Asks Tala 10 Questions
1. What is the best typefont in the world?
Microsoft Sans Serif
2. Do you play chess? Do you kick ass at it?
Play is a strong word. I can follow the rules, but that’s about it. I kick ass at backgammon, but definitely not at chess.
3. Foxes, werewolves, or coyotes, and why?
Werewolves, because if you know anything about anything you know that werewolves are super hot.
4. Rain: enlivening or depressing?
5. What’s the weirdest sandwich you love? And what’s the weirdest salad ingredient?
Dragon eye jam with tomatoes. Yum. As for the salad ingredient, I’m going to say beets. Although I know that’s not very weird. I am a boring food eater (except for the dragon eye jam, of course).
6. What are your must-haves for a cosy bedroom?
The warmest, squishiest, cuddliest, and softest duvet in the entire world.
7. Describe your dream trip.
First, I would hand-pick the best people I know and miss like crazy. Then, it would be the nearly impossible mash-up of the following scenarios. Train rides, beach days in lovely sunshine, concerts (I’d like to see Stars, The National, Sufjan Stevens, The Gaslight Anthem, Fleet Foxes, and Metric - I don’t think I’m being demanding). Then there’d be some more train rides with beautiful conversation and time spent reading books, some delicious food, and some great drinks. There would be one day of snow. The kind of snow that people write about - huge snowflakes, with blistering sunlight. Coffee of all kinds. Then back to having my feet in the sand.
I realize I didn’t exactly describe a trip. But this is what I want.
8. Which athletes are best-looking: footballers, divers, wrestlers, swimmers, or runners?
9. World peace or Greenpeace?
I’m gonna say world peace (partly to channel my inner beauty pageant contestant, and partly cause I’d like to pretend I have an inner beauty pageant contestant), although ideally I’d like both. The green stuff’s important too.
10. Talk about one thing at length that you don’t give a shit about to such an extent that you would never ordinarily talk about it as such length.
Let’s talk about lightbulbs. Edison was not the first person to create the lightbulb, but his was the best one. Something about incandescence, resistance, and vacuum (says wikipedia). The bulbs come in various shapes and sizes (I hate that Ikea makes those randomly shaped bulbs, so that you can’t use any other manufacturer). Now I will segue into lightbulb jokes. How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb? None - the lightbulb has to want to change. Haha. I think this is more than I would ever normally say about lightbulbs.
Tala Asks Sara 10 Questions
1. Would you rather be stuck in the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean? Why?
The Atlantic. Because statistically, I think that puts me closer to land from any given coordinate. The problem is, there’s the Bermuda Triangle to contend with, which sucks. But still, I think I’d rather take my chances in the Atlantic.
2. Give me an argument for and an argument against reading the last sentence of a novel first.
Oh man, that’s blasphemy. But I’ll try to give this an objective shot. For: the strength or weakness of the last sentence is like a window into the strength or weakness of the whole book, and it will convey a mood, like a whiff of perfume on a passerby. Against: a good book spends its entire energy building up (or down) to the final sentence. It’s an insult to the spirit of a novel to read that sentence first. And besides that, it will not have the right tone in your head. In your head you might have Robocop reading a sentence meant for a drag-queen.
…Though arguably, perhaps there’s more in common between Robocop and drag-queens than is immediately apparent.
3. Describe one myth your life experience has directly dispelled.
I’ve been warned about 143 times that refusing to forward this quiz, recipe, picture of nail clippings, or story of love / triumph / sorrow to seven friends would result in my instant death or curse me to a parched and loveless life. But here I am, and as a bonus, my friends still like me and appreciate that I don’t spam them. So take that.
4. What would it take for you to sell one of your non-essential organs?
How about an egg or two? We have loads of those right? Little bit of vacuum action for a decent bit of cash, can’t be that bad, right? Right? But since we’re all medics here (+1 honorary medic)… for a real organ, I’d have to have a pressing financial need to actually swap for cash. Like if I needed to buy a super limited edition Hermes handbag.
5. Describe a specific place you would rather be right now.
Beirut. Having a cardamom turkish coffee in the sunshine on a patio, some cosy cafe in Hamra. Shoe-shiners passing by. Arabic music somewhere in the distance. Four or five of my best friends there with me, and my boyfriend. Just a jovial, easy Beirut afternoon :)
6. Latte, filter coffee, french press, cappuccino or cafe au lait?
I’ve 100% been on the cafe au lait recently. Specifically, nonfat cafe misto from Sbux for the win. Every weekday morning.
7. What is your earliest memory?
Eating from a 12 pack stick of gumballs and just shoving these things into my mouth. It appears that I have always been enthusiastic about candy.
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I think I still want to be a writer when I grow up. But ask me again next year.
9. Do precocious children freak you out? Why, or why not?
They totally do. I’m intimidated by them. It’s sort of like, if they’re this smart and articulate at that age, how much smarter than me are they going to be by the time they hit adulthood?! I prefer the quiet contemplative sorts. Or the little clowns who make good quips whenever they slow down enough to catch their breaths.
10. Would you rather have 10 extra teeth, or 10 less teeth?
Good question. I’d say 10 extra. I bet evolutionarily if I had 10 extra teeth I would chew a whole lot more grass and injure a lot more rivals, and ultimately my genes would be awesome. Plus pulling teeth is a lot less technical than implanting them, right?