Jack Shafer: The FishbowlDC Interview

shafer008.jpgSay hello to Slate’s Jack Shafer (Photo Credit).

How many suits do you own? Three cloth. One rubber.

What word do you routinely misspell? Mispell.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? The stock T-mobile ring it came with.

What time did you get up this morning? 5:40

When did you last cry and why? August, when my nephew died.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? What sort of stupid fucking question is that?

Beach, city or country? Could you rephrase that in the form of a question?

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Aren’t these the sort of questions that got Foley in trouble?

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady)

What color is your bathroom? White.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Depends on the day. 100 normally. I got 1,000 a day for a couple of days in September 2006 after I wrote a piece MSN picked up that said we shouldn’t rebuild New Orleans.

What’s your opinion of New York City? It’s okay–if you like saxophones.

What’s your favorite letter? I’m losing my patience with this “interview.”

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Glenn Garvin.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? On the Media weekly. All sorts of Slate podcasts and many of the lectures and talks linked to by Boing Boing.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? I’ve never watched the show.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Today. To respond to this interview.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Ron Rosebaum.

What did you have for breakfast? Okay, I’ve lost patience with this thing. So long for now …

What’s your favorite item of clothing?

What one toiletry item could you not live without?

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be?

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie?