Marcus Hummon: A Self Portrait
Marcus Hummon Revealed
About Marcus Hummon
What is your birthdate?:12/28
Previous occupations:sledge hammer operator, waiter, ice cream scooper, car parker, recording artist, songwriter, playwright...
Favorite job:playwright...until the reviews.
High school and/or college:yes and yes...at Bullis Prep and then Williams College
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:too many to name one...
Favorite movie:The Sting
Favorite television show:The Office
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. full
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. I don't know that I have a motto or a maxim. I believe however in enlarging the circle of love around, and pursuing your dreams passionately.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. fleeting
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. on an ultimate scale...the death of one of our children...on a more personal day-to-day level, I probably fear writer's bloc.
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. egypt, visiting the valley of the kings
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. no one in particular
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. too broad
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. I'm a songwriter by trade...so I'd have to say 'love.'
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. many things...can't answer honestly so I would say you make peace with what you can and ask for forgiveness of the rest
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. I'd enjoy long -jumping in the 28 foot range.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. The children are presently healthy and happy and fairly well-adjusted...so far so good.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. can't remember names
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. unafraid artistically
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. I don't process information in that way. I am glad to be in my skin but wish I didn't have back pain, etc...
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. passionate about music, theatre, literature...
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. So many...maybe Seymour in J.D.Salinger's, NINE STORIES...
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. hmmm...perhaps Scrooge, but then he becomes quite the hero...have to think about that one.
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Well, I hate to seem non-original, but I'd have to say I'd like to meet the historical Jesus...as long as my Aramaic was in good order.
Coming from a very different orientation, I'd like to meet Helen of Troy... I'd like to visualize the beauty that sailed a thousand ships!
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. don't have one
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. I am a songwriter first, and that is my favorite occupation...
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. playing wide-reciever for the Cleveland Browns...
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. a loving nature, a forgiving nature and a sense of unending possibilities...
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. hummus
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. don't even get me started...
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Shakespeare
Doris Kearns Goodwin...to name a few
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare
A World Lit By Fire
Franny And Zooey
Team Of Rivals
From Dawn To Decadence...again to name a few
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. A World Lit By Fire or The Jungle Book...at present, meaning recently
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. If you can do something else...do it.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. What comes first, the lyric or the music? I don't hear a lot from my readers of literature yet.
- Q. How did you come to write Anytime, Anywhere?
- A. I was struck by how wide-ranging and detailed our son Caney's (middle name Isaac as in the book) bed time prayers were, and decided to try and capture the 'spirit', and sometimes the 'letter' of these conversations.