Kim Cooper is a cultural historian, as well as founder of Scram (the journal of unpopular culture), Esotouric, the 1947 Project and third generation Angelena. We’re guessing she needs little sleep. She also answered our provocative yet puerile questions.
1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? The emails my husband Richard has sent in the three hours he’s been up, then my local bloglines feed.
2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website? Ask.metafilter.com or the Rigorous Intuition boards.
3. What job do you fantasize about having? International art cop.
4. Last movie you saw? Walk on the Wild Side (script by John Fante, and truly a shocker)
5. Last book you read? The Family by Ed Sanders (boning up on Manson Family connections to the Sunset Strip scene for our new Esotouric rock and roll tour, Where the Action Was)
6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. Nastassia Kinski teaching me to walk a tightrope on the set of One From the Heart.
7. Proudest media moment? Front of the LA Times with a 76 ball in my hand.
8.Ever had a brush with the law? Describe. Pulled over downtown with a trunk full of fabric scraps stolen from dumpsters.
9. If you got a unicorn what would you name it? Charlemagne
10. What does your TiVo think about you? n/a
11. Character of fiction you most resemble? Enid Coleslaw
12. Who plays you in your bio-pic? The Fleischer Bros animate me.
13. What’s your ringtone? Vibrate
14. Favorite electronic device? Mathmos psychedelic light projector.
15. What do your friends say is your best quality? Honesty.
16. What do your enemies say is your worst? Same.
17.What natural talent do you wish you had? Play an instrument.
18. What’s your theme song? You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie–Tim Hardin
19. Do you believe in love at first sight? Hardly, since when Richard first crossed my path in 1985 we felt such strong mutual loathing that we didn’t speak for 18 years.
20. When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Constantly. Currently working on the Charles Bukowski bungalow landmarking campaign and getting a downtown plaque acknowledging John Fante’s contributions to the culture of Bunker Hill.
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