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I see you're reading Hemingway.
Yeah, I like reading outdoors on my lunch break. Outdoor scenery is nicer than indoor scenery. There's pretty girls all over the place. It's like a pet store with girls.
Has a girl ever come up and commented on your Hemingway?
The last book I had of his was True at First Light, but I left that with my ex-girlfriend in Boston, and then I moved away. I think she stole it. That's my only experience with girls and Hemingway at the moment.
What's the last great book you've read?
Probably Pulp, by Charles Bukowski. He wrote it while he was dying and you can kind of tell. He just said, "Fuck everything, I'll write whatever I want." There are space aliens involved.
And Death is actually a character.
Yeah, Lady Death. She sounds pretty attractive. He just didn't give a shit in his last few months, but somehow it made a wonderful book.
Are there any other books you think are interesting based on what you know about the author's life while they were writing it?
Yeah, I actually really like Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell. It's based on his early life, being poor and just traveling around living day to day, making money, trying to eat. Shockingly similar to my life now in New York. I'm not as eclectic, but as poor.
If you could date any literary character, who would it be?
I'm kind of in love with Catherine from A Farewell to Arms. I think she sounds... honestly, it obviously wasn't Hemingway's intention, but she's kind of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She's a nurse, but doesn't have her shit together. That's kind of what I like in girls. Or any of Bukowski's women.
Would you date Chinaski if he were a woman?
Yeah, that would be great. We'd just drink all night. And occasionally write.