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The Questionless Books Interview: Musician and Author Dave Bidini

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Dave Bidini

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Dave Bidini is a journalist and author and a founding member of the acclaimed rock band Rheostatics. He currently performs with the BidiniBand, whose first album, The Land Is Wild, was released in 2009. He has published numerous novels, and non-fiction books about sports and music.

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I am...the Central Scrutinzer

I am known to...jar bottles of my own urine

I do this in...Joe's Garage I do this because… i am too busy to go inside

I do this when forced to confront nature and biology

The way I do this is...i twist, open, then twist again

At his/her core, a Writer is...a platypus

As opposed to an Author, who is...crocodile

A Writer is responsible for...their own wasted time

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...all of the heavy lifting

At its core, Publishing kissing your sister

As opposed to Editing, which fisting your blister

A Publisher should always...wear a tie

As opposed to an Editor, who should always...appear tired

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is...kinko's

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is...not my problem

A Manuscript should always...stay wet

As opposed to a Book, which should always...walk between the rain drops

At its core, Bookselling is...hard

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...slippery

The smallest unit of narrative is...?

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...rocket cars

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is...rocket cars. with guns.

In the future we will all...enjoy Foghat

At his/her core, a Reader is...sleepy

However, the ideal Reader is...gorgeous, baby. absolutely gorgeous!!

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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