The Questionnaire with Jeff Campagna / By Dotan SchachterJun 28th, 2010 • Categories: Additional Questionnaires, Authors, Filmmakers, Poets, Screenwriters
What are you doing these days?
Promoting my recent paperback publication ‘A Writer Under The Influence – Volume #1’ and shooting a motion picture based on a short story found within it titled ‘The Day The Old Man Knocked’. Also gearing up for a move to Panama to write my debut novel ‘The Money Machine’.
What turns you on creatively?
Reading. Life. Strangers. Mausoleums. Gods. Vodka. Pianos. Above all else; Love.
If you were a mind-reader whose mind would you like to read?
Nobody’s. The secrecy of our private thoughts could be one of human kind’s greatest and most important failures. It could be one of the only characteristics that differentiates us from some far off and advanced alien race who can all read each other’s minds and are completely desensitized to the ability to do so, and, far worse, totally oblivious to the fact that other life, on other less advanced planets, still have the freedom of thought without suffering any outside cerebral invasion.
If you could travel in time, which era would you visit?
Victorian England. I would want to live during the era of Dickens, and most likely stalk that highly venerable man.
What is your favorite sound?
What is the album or song that influences you the most?
Glenn Gould’s ‘Bach (J.S.): Goldberg Variations’ from 1981.
Who would you like to collaborate with? And why?
Nobody really. Well, many people. What I mean is: writing, for me, is a very intimate and intensely personal experience. I do it alone and can’t imagine doing it alongside others, no matter how profound their talent or vast their knowledge.
What drives you crazy?
What makes you laugh?
If you had 3 wishes what would they be?
One, the English language would revert to it’s former Victorian glory and brilliance. Two, ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’ would be unwritten. And three, I would write ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’.
What is the craziest thing you ever did?
I ate moth fetuses in rural Cambodia without any influence of intoxication and with no gun pointed at my head.
What makes you feel embarrassed?
What are your favorite web-sites (not including the ones that you are participate in)?
There are these amazing new websites now. They are actually tangible things, you can hold them in your hand, store them on your shelf, make notes in them and lend them to friends. They are made out of some kind of processed fibrous wood pulp and because of that are somewhat costly to manufacture, and because of that, there is a very necessary quality control system and standards of truth and factual accuracy. It’s a real step up from reading on the Internet.
What is the silliest thing you have ever done?
Ate moth fetuses in rural Cambodia.
How would you make the world a better place?
Harvest Acceptance and Compassion and deploy them to the world. With those two virtues the planet’s armies would screech to a halt on the crimson battlegrounds of war, violence would be a thing of the past and the world’s inventory of hate would be sucked up into an ever-employed vacuum of unity and humanism.
What is your biggest weakness?
Paralyzing self-doubt and pangs of inadequacy.
Where will you be in 10 years?
Hopefully: On The New York Times Best Seller’s List.
Maybe: At my book signing.
Probably: In a jail cell.
Potentially: In my grave
Write a question that you like to ask yourself and answer it.
What book should everyone read?
“A Connecticut Yankee In Kings Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain
Who would you like to answer the Questionnaire?
Mark Littleton of Yachats, Oregon. He’s probably a normal guy and infinitely more interesting than all of us writers, filmmakers, musicians, bloggers and other self-indulgent and somewhat artistic personalities.
Love - Happiness
Death – Just The Beginning
God – Who?
TV – A Sinking Battleship
Family – Underrated
Politics – Overrated
Internet – Piracy
Happiness - Love
Writing – Escape
Jeff Campagna - Failed Polymath
Jeff Campagna is a Canadian film and music video director, screenwriter, author and poet. He also writes an award-winning blog, drinks excessively and enjoys growing his beard.
He also co-wrote and co-directed the movie Six Reasons Why together with his brother Matt Campagna who also answered The Questionnaire.