WBEZ | Zulkey Interview http://www.wbez.org/tags/zulkey-interview Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Drew Magary interview: Dadspin columnist and author of 'Somebody Could Get Hurt' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-06/drew-magary-interview-dadspin-columnist-and-author-somebody-could-get <p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/magary.jpg" style="float: right; height: 449px; width: 300px;" title="Photo: Pat Serengulian " />I bookmarked the parenting columns on <a href="http://drewmagary.kinja.com/" target="_blank">Deadspin</a> written by today&#39;s interviewee long before I had a baby. His straight-shooting advice, paired with salty language I could get down with, made me feel somewhat prepared for parenthood, but moreso feel heartened that one could be a new parent but still be a human. He&#39;s got a new memoir about parenting out called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Someone-Could-Get-Hurt-Twenty-First-Century/dp/159240832X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1371154960&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=someone+could+get+hurt" target="_blank"><em>Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood</em>,</a> which follows the highs and crushing lows that have accompanied raising three kids. You can read more from him over at <em><a href="http://www.gq.com/contributors/drew-magary" target="_blank">GQ</a></em>, where he&#39;s also a contributor, or on his <a href="https://twitter.com/drewmagary" target="_blank">Twitter feed</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>When, where and for how long do you write each day?</strong><br />I write from about 9 a.m. in the morning to about 4:30 p.m., taking breaks for lunch and the gym and finding stupid crap to post on Twitter. &nbsp;But I&#39;m at the point now where writing stuff is kind of an all day process. Even if I&#39;m not working, sh*t is bubbling on the stove. If there&#39;s an idea, my brain will spend part of the evening working it and shaping it and adding completely unnecessary swear words to it.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Is domestic happiness good or bad for creativity and ambition?</strong><br />I think it completely depends on the person. I know most comics are miserable wretches but I don&#39;t think that always has to be the case. You can be happy and still have the mental dexterity to dream up something creative and funny. Some people feel like they NEED misery in order for it to work, which is all well and good. The whole &quot;suffering for your art&quot; thing. But I&#39;m far too wimpy to endure that kind of lifestyle. I&#39;d far rather be content AND make dick jokes that are perhaps 5 percent less effective.&nbsp;</p><div>I also don&#39;t buy that having a wife or kids somehow distracts you from your job. I think the second a kid is born, a man&#39;s ambition gene kicks in and he&#39;s like OH GOD I GOTTA MAKE MONEY TO FEED THIS BEAST.<p dir="ltr"><strong>As a writer, it&rsquo;s hard to balance social networking versus actually working or taking care yourself and family. Do you have any rules about how much you let yourself get sucked in online?</strong><br />Not really. I&#39;m sure I check Twitter and email far too often, but I&#39;m perfectly happy being a distracted, brainless zombie. Most times, I find that I get sick of staring at the phone at some point anyway. It usually happens on a plane. I&#39;ll usually be like, &quot;I am sick of staring crosseyed at this stupid tiny screen. I&#39;m just gona stare off into space for an hour.&quot; And then I do.</p></div><div><p dir="ltr"><strong>How much does your wife read your stuff before you publish or post it?</strong><br />Never before I post. Ever. If she did that, I&#39;d throw up, She&#39;ll read all the GQ stuff, but no sports stuff, and not too much dick jokey stuff. She&#39;s supportive, but that doesn&#39;t mean she enjoys reading questions about what the world would be like if people had butts where their genitals are and vice versa.<br /><br /><strong>There&rsquo;s so much internet judging about parenting but I&rsquo;ve been surprised by how few times so far in real life I&rsquo;ve actually questioned someone&rsquo;s parenting (one involved a dad letting his toddler pet a cat that its owners had repeatedly warned him was unfriendly.) What have been some real-life situations where you thought to yourself &ldquo;OK, that&rsquo;s some actual poor parenting&rdquo; (pop culture tan-mom type situations aside)?</strong><br />You&#39;re much more diplomatic in real life. No one EVER questions another person&#39;s parenting to their face. I&#39;m the kind of person that will see another parent do something I don&#39;t approve of and then I will SEETHE. The whole walk home, I&#39;ll say to my wife CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THREE YEAR OLD HAS AN XBOX?!<br /><br /><strong>Do you ask advice from older parents who muddled through without so manyy books or sites dedicated to parenting? What&rsquo;s the best input you&rsquo;ve gotten from them?</strong><br />Nah I never ask my parents&#39; opinion. They&#39;ll be more than happy to offer it regardless.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>My husband is not a sports guy and has told me it&rsquo;s my job to teach our son about sports in order to be a successful human being, which seems like a lot of pressure. What&rsquo;s your philosophy towards teaching your kids about sports, in terms of being a fan and an athlete?&nbsp;</strong><br />I just let them like what they like. If I try to push them into sports or something like that, they&#39;ll just rebel anyway and get into glass blowing. I don&#39;t bother having set expectations. I&#39;d rather let my kids surprise me. It&#39;s hard in today&#39;s environment because kids are SO scheduled. I&#39;&#39;ll see some other kid play on eight different soccer teams and I&#39;ll be like, &quot;Christ, should my kid being kicking a ball that much too?&quot; It makes you very self-conscious.</p></div><div><p dir="ltr"><strong>As a sports writer and as a father, how do you feel about the debate over whether fans should conduct themselves at sporting events in a kid-friendly way vs. you buy your ticket, you get to do and say what you feel (within certain rules)?</strong><br />There&#39;s no point in trying to rein in terrible fan behavior at sporting events. People will just do what they do. You&#39;re better off taking your kid to a minor league baseball game, saving your cash, and watching real sports at home on TV, where it&#39;s more enjoyable anyway.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>What&rsquo;s the agenda and menu for your ideal Father&#39;s Day?</strong><br />Nothing. I&#39;m all about not having to plan or think of anything. Even opening a card is too much work.</p></div><div><p dir="ltr"><strong>How does it feel to be the 352nd person interviewed for Zulkey.com/WBEZ?</strong><br />Do I get two tickets to Supertramp?</p></div><p><em>You can read a lot more interviews <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/interviews.php" target="_blank">here</a>. You can follow me <a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey" target="_blank">@Zulkey</a></em></p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-06/drew-magary-interview-dadspin-columnist-and-author-somebody-could-get The Lucy Worsley Interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-05/lucy-worsley-interview-99329 <p><p>I first learned of today&#39;s interviewee <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/21/111121fa_fact_collins">in a <em>New Yorker </em>article</a>. By day, Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments, the Banqueting House in Whitehall and Kew Palace in Kew Gardens. She&#39;s also a writer, most recently the author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/If-Walls-Could-Talk-Intimate/dp/0802779956"><em>If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Ho</em></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/If-Walls-Could-Talk-Intimate/dp/0802779956"><em>me</em></a> and host of the <span face="georgia, palatino"><span face="georgia, palatino">BBC4 series&nbsp;</span><em>Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency.</em></span></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lucy.jpg" style="float: left; height: 435px; width: 300px;" title="Lucy Worsley investigates domestic history with humor and panache. (Courtesy of New Writing North)" /></div><p>On that series, Worsley she creates living history by cooking the same food, using the same chamberpots, cleaning the clothes with the same pee (yes) and brushing her teeth with the same powdered cuttlefish bone as our forebears, to see how they really lived. I&rsquo;m fascinated by her cool job and fun attitude towards history.</p><p><strong>Of the historical castles and homes you&rsquo;ve researched, has there been one you thought you&rsquo;d actually like to live in (either with some renovation or as-is?)</strong><br />Well, to be honest, I&rsquo;m quite happy living in a boring, low-key modern flat.&nbsp;My work as a curator at Historic Royal Palaces has shown me just what a responsibility it is to look after a historic house!&nbsp;Maybe in retirement I&rsquo;ll miss worrying about the leaks, crumbles, fading, wear-and-tear, etc. and I&rsquo;ll change my mind</p><p><strong>Are there any sites you haven&rsquo;t been able to get access to that you&rsquo;d love to be able to explore?</strong><br />I&rsquo;m always visiting historically-interesting new houses for filming or research &ndash; that&rsquo;s why my work is fun!&nbsp;I love meeting other curators and experts, and often they&rsquo;re quite pleased that someone&rsquo;s interested in their own special house or site or museum or whatever, so they tend to let us in.</p><p><strong>Do you ever crack up during filming? I ask after watching a clip of you talking about codpieces where </strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>there</strong></a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>&rsquo;</strong></a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>s</strong></a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>a</strong></a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>codpiece</strong></a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>basically</strong></a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>next</strong></a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>to</strong></a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>your</strong></a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-dctHsfM0"><strong>face</strong></a><strong>.</strong><br />Indeed.&nbsp;Sometimes the giggles just seem to come from nowhere and we have to have a break.&nbsp;Likewise for hiccups.</p><p><strong>What are some foods that are no longer in fashion that should be?</strong><br />Hum, I&rsquo;d suggest bringing back brawn.&nbsp;This pate made from brains and other bits from inside the head of the pig epitomize &ldquo;nose to tail&rdquo; eating, where no part of the animal (and the significant investment of food, time and other resources it represents) is wasted.&nbsp;Brawn can be delicious, but you&rsquo;ve got to know what you&rsquo;re doing to make it properly.&nbsp;My own effort was a disgusting failure.</p><p><strong>Are there any historical U.S. sites you&rsquo;d like to gain access to, to research as closely as you have so many British homes and castles?</strong><br />Ooh yes, I&rsquo;d love to have an in-depth tour of <a href="http://www.hearstcastle.org/">Hearst</a> <a href="http://www.hearstcastle.org/">Castle</a><a href="http://www.hearstcastle.org/">.&nbsp; </a></p><p><strong>Is it difficult for you to enjoy historical films without picking them apart for accuracy? Which films have gotten historical details the most blatantly wrong?</strong><br />I&rsquo;m just not hung up on this at all.&nbsp;If I&rsquo;m distracted by inaccurate historical detail, the film&rsquo;s failed for me: not purely because it&rsquo;s inaccurate, but because the story itself isn&rsquo;t carrying me along as it should.&nbsp;Films are fiction; I&rsquo;m willing to try to suspend my disbelief.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Are there any periods you&rsquo;ve studied that appear to be worse than the ones that preceded it?</strong><br />Interesting question.&nbsp;Well, history often fails to follow a straight line from &ldquo;worse&rdquo; to &ldquo;better.&rdquo;&nbsp;If you think about the Industrial Revolution, of course everyone got a bit richer, but you could argue that poorer people actually working in the new factories were paid disproportionately highly in terms of their quality of life.&nbsp;Likewise, the Enlightenment wasn&rsquo;t good for everyone: For example, in the name of scientific progress, the female midwife gets pushed out of the process of childbirth by the male doctor.&nbsp;She and her centuries of practical experience get written off, and mothers cede control over a central part of their existence to a man they don&rsquo;t even know. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>I know you don&rsquo;t necessarily believe in ghosts, but have you had any otherwise frightening experiences during your research, perhaps where you were in physical danger?</strong><br />The most horrifying thing I&rsquo;ve ever done was to let a TV producer talk me into <a href="http://www.lucyworsley.com/blog/im-hanging-up-my-red-regency-dress/">taking</a> <a href="http://www.lucyworsley.com/blog/im-hanging-up-my-red-regency-dress/">a</a> <a href="http://www.lucyworsley.com/blog/im-hanging-up-my-red-regency-dress/">hot</a> <a href="http://www.lucyworsley.com/blog/im-hanging-up-my-red-regency-dress/">air</a> <a href="http://www.lucyworsley.com/blog/im-hanging-up-my-red-regency-dress/">balloon</a> <a href="http://www.lucyworsley.com/blog/im-hanging-up-my-red-regency-dress/">ride</a> to film and examine the Regency agricultural landscape from on high.&nbsp;I have a terrible head for heights.&nbsp;He said I was perfectly safe but I lay in the bottom of the basket thinking about my imminent demise.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>What do you most enjoy when it comes to contemporary entertainment?</strong><br />Oh, reading novels!&nbsp;Heaven to me is a lovely new book and a cup of tea.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s something you&rsquo;re passionate about or obsessed with that has nothing to do with history or the home?</strong><br />People are often surprised when I say I love running, because I look so weedy.&nbsp;But despite my small stature I happen to have very large nostrils, which means I can take the air in very effectively.&nbsp;I can do 10km in under 45 minutes.</p><p><strong>How does it feel to be the 315th person interviewed for Zulkey.com?</strong><br />Super-duper.&nbsp;Thanks ever so much!</p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 09:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-05/lucy-worsley-interview-99329