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Michael Crowley: The FishbowlDC Interview

crowleyfbdcint.JPGSay hello to TNR’s Michael Crowley.

What word do you routinely misspell? zenzizenzizenzic

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I don’t know.Something purportedly jazz-like.It’s the least annoying ring I could find–but it’s still pretty annoying.

What time did you get up this morning? The worm is overrated.

When did you last cry and why? Last Friday, when I found out there’s no Santa Claus.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? At least 50 percent too many. I dream of pulling a Moby (although even he couldn’t pull it off)

What’s your favorite letter? Any one that includes a check. If you mean the alphabet, I suppose X has the most personality.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? It’s impossible to name one. A semi-answer would be the amazing crew around me at the Boston Phoenix in the late 1990s, which now includes a Pulitzer Prize winner; a two-time Pulitzer finalist and New York Times reporter; a Boston Globe metro columnist; a GQ editor; and two well-known former) media critics. Plus a guy who taught me more about scratch tickets than I could possibly ever want to know.

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Sigh–this is not my best attribute. I do try to donate generously, though.

Who is your favorite active journalist? I could name a couple dozen people but since he has an awesome new book let me say that Jonathan Chait has an X-ray vision for essential political truths which, when combined with a brilliant wit, is in a class of its own.

What did you have for breakfast? My enemies. No, I usually stick to coffee, sometimes with toast or a banana. Riveting, eh?

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Given how frequently TSA confiscates them, I’ve learned to get by without most. No toothpaste is pretty horrible, though.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? The ability to clone myself–as long as I could control my clones so they don’t turn on me after getting stuck with all the grunt work.

Red or white wine? Either will usually do (as long as it’s not chardonnay).

PG-13 or R? Has there ever been a PG-13 movie worth seeing?

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln–for the view back down the Mall.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) McNuggets

Friday night or Saturday night? Love’em both

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Old School–but neither holds a candle to truly great comedies like Spinal Tap, Bananas, Animal House,Holy Grail, etc.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Neither. L’Enfant on 18th St?

Yankees or Red Sox? Ugh. That’s like the Iran-Iraq war.

Jenna or Barbara? Nothing good could come from answering that.

McSteamy or McDreamy? Not a fan, sorry. McFly?

Leno or Letterman? So definitely Letterman.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart

Boxers or briefs? It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ means. If ‘is’ means ‘is, and never has been,’ that’s one thing. If it means, ‘there is none,’ that was a completely true statement.

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