21 Questions: Mark Buford
Who is your favorite literary character?
Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. Complex kid.
If you could make a cameo appearance in a show, what show would it be?
The now defunct “Party Down.” Brilliant show.
What is your greatest fear?
Flying. Oh, how I hate it.
One thing you could eat for the rest of your life?
Bacon. It tastes very good.
Favorite movie? Worst movie?
Worst: The remake of “Psycho”
Last text message I sent...
“My nickname for him is The Smoldering Wig.”
What song do you have on repeat?
Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
Hiking across the Grand Canyon, which I did in June, 2012.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming a nationally syndicated cartoonist.
What is your favorite cartoon/comic character?
The Uh-Oh Baby from Cul-de-Sac. Richard Thompson is a genius.
If you weren't drawing, what would you be doing?
Stand-up comedy. I’m no good at it, but I do love it so.
My biggest pet peeve is...
People who prattle on about themselves without asking questions or listening. Another is being interrupted. It’s just plain rude. Honestly, I’m convinced that an inordinate number of people were raised by poodles.
Who do you admire/who is your role model?
My Dad. He’s hilarious. He has this dry, subtle Jack Benny sort of delivery that just cracks me up. Plus he taught me everything about being responsible and frugal.
When was the last time you laughed really hard?
On July 13th, 2012. I was with my sister. Another hilarious member of my family. She’s like Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig rolled into one. Her timing is impeccable.
One thing you couldn’t live without?
What is your greatest extravagance?
An expensive bottle of wine (by expensive, I mean over $10 and less than $20).
The best advice you've ever gotten?
Stop talking about it and do it.
I know it's weird but I think...
...that next Saturday everyone on the planet should go to a hardware store and purchase a can of insulating urethane foam. Then they should bring it home and put in a place of prominence, like the center of the kitchen table or on top of the television.
I would like to think that the event would spark interesting and lively family discussions. “Is the product manufactured with quality fire-retardant chemicals?” little Billy might ask. “You bet, slugger,” Dad might answer. “And it does not contain CFCs, VOCs, Formaldehyde or PENTA-BDEs.”
For single people with no families, pondering their can of insulating urethane foam might offer a sort of respite or diversion from their otherwise withdrawn and desolate lives.