Thursday, August 27, 2009

Author Carey Parrish Weighs in on Ten Silly Questions

Parrish met with me outside his local Piggly Wiggly, where we both stocked up on Co' Colas, pork rinds, and Moon Pies. He invited me back to his place for some of his "world famous" possum stew, but I declined.

Here are his responses to my ten silly questions.

1. If you could invite any famous person, dead or alive, for dinner, what would you eat?

Well, since I fancy myself the consummate host, I’d find out – discreetly that is – what my guest liked…and then I’d fix something different if I didn’t care for their choice. As for the guest, my “dead” choice would be Montgomery Clift. “Living” would have to be Anderson Cooper. With either one of them, I don’t think the matter of the menu would be very important.

2. Who do you think you are?

I’ve been trying to figure that out for the last ten years! If you have any idea, let me know…and I’ll let you know if you’re right or not. ;-)

3. What’s your problem?

I never learned to do the Macarena.

4. If you could have one wish, would you give it to me?

Are you sure you want to know the answer to that? It includes a pedicure…

5. Where are you at?

Nutbush City Limits (A church house, gin house…). [RR: Ladies and gentlemen: Give it up for Miss Tina Turner!]

6. If you had to choose only one vice, what would it be?

The Backstreet Boys. [RR: My answer was close, but it was the backdoor boys]

7. What’s your favorite brand of cereal?

Grape Nuts. (Can you imagine what the Post people were doing when they came up with this one?) [RR: I'd rather not]

8. When you wake up in the morning, what celebrity do you most resemble?

Julia Child

9. Do you know your ass from a hole in the ground? And if so, how do you tell the difference?

Yes, I learned the difference the hard way. [RR: Just like you learned the difference between shit and shinola]

10. Do you have anything you’d like to plug?

Yes, my recent short story anthology, The Moving Finger Writes. And for anybody who’s wondering, the title isn’t self explanatory.

Carey Parrish is a native of Northern Georgia. He began writing professionally in his late thirties when he founded the popular e-zine Web Digest Weekly. He’s also the author of the books Into The Light: Experimentations In Poetry & Prose and The Moving Finger Writes. Currently working on a novel, he attributes his success to “taking all the things that were wrong in my life and replacing them with things that are right.” Visit his website.


  1. Carey at his witty best, thanks for posting. You brought a smile to my lips on a dull, grey morning. BTW: I've seen a picture of Truman Capote in the same pose as Carey's picture posted here. Didn't realize there was such a strong likeness before now.

    alan chin

  2. Truman Capote! Oh my goodness. I would have LOVED Jacqueline Susann!!!