Andy Warhol interviews the Dental Library Intern!
WARHOL: What did you have for breakfast?
A toad in the hole. My mom made it.
WARHOL: Do you dream? (What’s the last one you remember?)
Yes, but I forget a lot of them very quickly after waking up. I have a lot of falling and underwater dreams. The last dream I remember clearly was a few days ago, I dreamt about being alone in this big, old Victorian house I used to go to get babysat by our older neighbor when I was 5 or 6. I remember being afraid of the house, and the dream was a little scary. Maybe some sub-conscious anxiety being released or something.
WARHOL: Do you keep a diary?
I keep notebooks. They mention events in my life sometimes, but it’s not systematic enough to be called a daily diary or even a diary at all, really.
WARHOL: How were you discovered?
I was researching internships and saw the Penn Libraries’ Internship Program webpage, and I e-mailed Laurel and was invited for an interview.
Long before that, I was George (age 8) in the Oakwood Summer Theatre production of Stuart Little. I stole the show.
WARHOL: What was your first job?
A summer day-camp counselor when I was 15. The first summer I had a group of 6-7 year olds and it was very easy; the next summer I had 10-12, and it was horrible.
WARHOL: Are you a good cook?
Grilled cheese, fish/shrimp tacos, reubens…that’s about it.
WARHOL: Is there anything you regret not doing?
I’m very FOMO about almost everything (I relate to the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” a lot). Two regrets I have been thinking about recently are that I never learned to skateboard, and I didn’t play more sports when I was younger (even though I recall hating most of them at the time). Who knows?
WARHOL: Do you dance at home?
I do not dance. Some people find it sad, but they would be sadder if they saw me dance. DISCLAIMER: The extremely rare occasions that it’s happened have generally occurred in the early morning hours at a poorly lit establishment where adult beverages are sold.
WARHOL: What are you reading right now?
Re-reading The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon because my friend was also re-reading and because I needed something humorous to try and escape a little. Although, I am growing more inclined to thinking the surreal and absurd qualities of Pynchon’s fiction are strangely suited to the uncanny reality in which we now find ourselves.
WARHOL: What’s your favorite movie?
Too Hard. A great movie I saw recently was We the Animals, an experimental coming-of-age movie that came out last year, I think. It’s heavy but also heart-warming.
WARHOL: Do you have a dream role?
When I was little, I always liked the villains, and I would have said Captain Hook (I played my VHS tape of the Robin Williams/Dustin Hoffman 1990 movie so many times it stopped working and my mom had to get a new copy). So, I will have to honor that tradition and keep the same answer.