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FBLA 20 Questions: Roman Genn

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Caricaturist and artist Roman Genn, has a talent for stirring up trouble. Arrested 9 times back in the USSR, his work has proved equally provocative here. Genn, who’s actually a fun-loving and genial guy, despite the poison he uses for ink, put down his glass long enough to answer our irrelevant questions.

1. What newspapers do you read? None. I just pile them on by my front door to prevent ants from escaping.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? The ones that contain any of my modest renderings.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? Irancartoon.com. I like to keep myself updated on the latest Zionist bestialities, the search for the 12th imam concerns me as well; his family is quite worried, you know.

4. Where do you get your car washed? The rain does an excellent job, wouldn’t dare to compete with Nature.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? Yep. And you should see the sadness in her eyes every time she sees what she has to work with.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? Absolutely, they should just keep squeezing good journalists out to expedite the process. I’m surprised people still purchase the papers, given the abundance of the quality toilet paper in this country. If so, when? Hm…it will be Saturday…no, Thursday.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Sabina Gault

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Publicist Sabina Gault is with hot shop Ink PR Group ,was born in Romania, speaks five languages, has a magna from UC Berkeley, and loves mythical animals. She also seems entirely too truthful to be just another flack, as is evidenced by her answers to our oh-so-revealing questionnaire. Her clients must love her.

1. What newspapers do you read? LA Times, NY Times, and anything else I need to, should I have a client in them.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? None

3. Which Web sites, besides FBLA, are on your favorites bookmark? Dailycandy, fabsugar, gossip sites, cnn.com, nytimes.com, latimes.com, imdb.com, whorerepresents.com, etc.

4. Where do you get your car washed? Downstairs in my building–they do a fabulous job.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? Of course. I am having dinner with her and her fiancee this upcoming weekend. She came to my wedding–she’s fabulous.
(FBLA has to interject: look at that smile.)

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? No, I don’t think so. I think it’s just hard to get the actual paper when you have the internet. But in weekends, reading the paper is one of my favorite activities. Sitting with your eyes in the computer all the time is so unhealthy.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Brady Westwater

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Downtown advocate, gad-fly or whatever he is, Brady Westwater is the LA Cowboy. Since we’re moving into his neighborhood, we tried to get on his good side, but he was wise to our tricks. So, lookin’ for 8 right out of the gate*, here’s Westwater’s answers.

1. What newspapers do you read?

LA Times, New York Times, Downtown News, LA Weekly, City Beat, Daily News, and Rodeo News plus the LA Business Journal, Journal of the Arts & Wall Street Journal if I can score a free copy.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading?

Cowboys don’t move our lips unless food or sex is involved. But if we did – it would be the NYT’s editorial page and LAT’S West magazine.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark?

Fishbowl LA & NY, MissSnark, LAObserved, the Curbs, Kausfiles, and DrudgeReport plus any site with naked cowgirls on it

4. Where do you get your car washed? Cowboys don’t have cars. Cowboys ride horses.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? If I need a tooth pulled, I use a horse, a saddle and a rope.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Emmanuelle Richard

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Foreign correspondent, Emmanuelle Richard contributes to French daily Liberation,Swiss public radio and French Vogue. She blogs, she’s clever, and has that effortless French chic but a wicked sense of humor about the world, show biz and Los Angeles. We’re overjoyed she answered our questions.(And a word to all future 20 Questioners–she sent us all the URLs, saving us hours of valuable time.)

1. What newspapers do you read?

The New York Post, first thing in the morning since they started delivering in L.A. a few years ago. I wish I could say the L.A. Times (where her husband works) but I love too much starting the day laughing out loud or shouting: “Good Lord!” You have a sense that the people there have a blast hunting for stories, producing the pages and coming up with insane headlines. And you grow so fond of the gallery of characters, apart from the many unpleasant anti-European columnists. Then I grab the L.A. Times, starting with the Opinion section. I also check the website of the national daily paper I work for in France, the left-leaning Liberation.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? You mean, when you silently mutter WTF? More often than not, the LAT, especially when they feel the need to rephrase a paragraph three times in one story that could easily be 30% shorter. To be fair, my hometown paper also induces a lot of silent “WOW”s, and I often end up defending it in conversations in L.A. where trashing the LAT seems like a requisite sport. Coming from France where investigative journalism is as foreign as tofu, I feel very lucky to have the LAT.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Denise Hamilton

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Former reporter Denise Hamilton, soignee and slinky, writes the Eve Diamond mystery novels, blogs at LAObserved, edited Los Angeles Noir and yet managed to find time to play our dirty little game.

1. What newspapers do you read? LA Times and Sunday NYT

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading I’m moving my lips right now as I read your e-mail.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? laobserved, the elegant variation, confessions of an idiosyncratic mind, neilgaiman.com cuz I love his musings about writing, FBLA

4. Where do you get your car washed? The rain

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? He retired. know any good ones?

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? I’m an optimist. If all else fails we’ll always have the penny dreadfuls.

7. What was the last book you read?
Some Georges Simenon Maigret detective novels. They’re set in Paris in the 1950s and really capture that era and make me want to eat croissants and have a marc brandy (not together).

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FBLA 20 Questions: Molly Freedenberg

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Molly Freedenberg is the associate culture editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the chronicler of the Jerry Roberts roast, up in Santa Barbara. She graciously answered our infamous questions, which she probably forgot about the minute she moved to the Bay area.

1. What newspapers do you read?
L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, L.A. Weekly, S.F. Bay Guardian

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? none

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? FBLA, of course, www.thesuperficial.com, www.myspace.com

4. Where do you get your car washed?
The self-wash place on Temple and Glendale

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? nope

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? No, but I think they’ll worry about it forever.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Peter McQuaid

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Freelancer and Irishman Peter McQuaid joined us just in time for St. Pat’s.

1. What newspapers do you read? The L.A. Times, The NY Times, WWD, The Guardian and if I’m feeling really masochistic, The Washington Post.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? I don’t move my lips while reading the paper, I’m too busy gnashing my teeth and screeching out loud about either: the news itself, the lameness of the reporting, or my annoyance that someone besides me got the assignment.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? FBLA, because if there’s anything LA needs, it’s some non-Hollywood gossip, and I’m not being facetious. Rawstory.com, Fleshbot, Radar, Al Jazeera, and dudesnude.com because I’m single.

4. Where do you get your car washed? This place on Vermont–It’s really cool, they have a car stereo place in back and I always go in there and fantasize that someday, I will get my Pathfinder painted Emergency Red and outfit it with a really phat sound system. It is my dream to be a playa…

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FBLA Has 20 Questions for Ken Levine

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FBLA is proud to introduce our newest endeavor: getting LA’s quotable noteables to answer a bunch of silly questions. First up: Ken Levine. (Levine had the best line about the recent SAG awards: “Wouldn’t it have been great a few years ago if Castaway had won for best Cast in a motion picture?”)

1. What newspapers do you read?

The LA TIMES, NY TIMES (on Sunday), CHICAGO TRIBUNE TV section, LA WEEKLY when I need a massage.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? NY POST

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? Los Angeles Radio People, Defamer, Hoffmania

4. Where do you get your car washed?
Who actually knows the name of their car wash? It’s on Sepulveda somewhere. They do an okay job and I can buy Steve Hall inspirational piano CD’s and pine tree air fresheners in their gift shop.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? No because he doesn’t say his name in the credit dentist ad.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when?
No. I believe their online offshoots will take a greater importance but people want to hold a newspaper.

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