Proust Questionnaire: Ray Sohn

April 4th, 2011 by Dan Nadel

Ray Sohn is a hero in the PictureBox constellation. With his wife, Tomomi, he has brought books to life and scanned many a page. Best of all, he and Tomomi produce True Chubbo, the best account of married life online. Anyhow, Ray is awesomely having an exhibition at Wonder Fair in Lawrence, Kansas, April 29-June 19 entitled Pyramid Lake. This is also the title of Ray’s new book, which I’ll have for sale this weekend at MoCCA, and subsequently on this very web site! Phew, so anyhow, here are Ray’s answers, along with images.
Your favorite virtue:
Your favorite qualities in a man:
Your favorite qualities in a woman:
An offbeat and dark sense of humor.
Your chief characteristic:
What you appreciate the most in your friends:
Their ability to make me laugh until I double over in pain, and tears start to well out of my eyes.
Your main fault:
Your favorite occupation:
Artist, followed closely by programmer.
Your idea of happiness:
Day to day life with my wife.
Your idea of misery:
My wife dying before I do.
If not yourself, who would you be?
Tony Williams, the American jazz drummer, who at age 17 was enlisted into the Miles Davis Quintet, along with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter.
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere just outside of New York City, where I can play drums at 3 in the morning.
Your favorite color and flower:
Black. Cactus.
Your favorite prose authors:
Douglas Hofstadter, Carl Sagan, Will Eisner, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Crumb, Charles Bukowski, Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, Kazuo Koike, Samuel Beckett, George Lawrence Stone, Hunter S. Thompson, Quincy Troupe, Ted Reed, Chaley Wilcoxon, Johnny Ryan, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Douglas Crockford
Your favorite heroes in fiction:
Anti-heroes as portrayed on film by Val Kilmer.
Your favorite heroines in fiction:
Small town girls making it in the big city and finding love along the way, as portrayed on film by many young actresses throughout the late 20th century.
Your favorite painters and composers:
Art Blakey, Arshile Gorky, Julie Mehretu, Alice Cooper, Willem de Kooning, Gary Panter, Eric Dolphy, Brian Wilson, Jean Michel Basquiat, Black Sabbath, Claes Oldenburg, Miles Davis, Fred Tomaselli, Frank Zappa, Dustin Yellin, Bach, John Scofield, Caravaggio, David Bowie, Cannonball Adderley, Yokoo Tadanori, Joe Morello
Your heroes in real life:
Bob Dylan
Your favorite heroines in real life:
Nina Simone
What characters in history do you most dislike:
Ruthless dictators, and god kings.
Your heroines in World history:
Your favorite food and drink:
Brooklyn pizza and Red Eyes.
Your favorite names:
Thelonius Monk, Iggy Pop, Anne Hathaway, Bird, Tupac Shakur, Ozzy Osbourne, Smokey Robinson, Slash, Christina Hendricks
What I hate the most:
Being sick.
World history characters I hate the most:
Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors.
The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with:
The ability to travel between different dimensions of space, time, and consciousness.
How I wish to die:
A solitary game of Russian roulette on my 100th birthday.
What is your present state of mind:
For what fault have you most toleration?
My own faults.
Your favorite motto:
Shower, brush my teeth and make sure that I’m wearing pants.

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