Many years ago, at the backstage of a music festival, I asked Gene Simmons a personal question. I was writing an article for my KISS fanzine. My 12 subscribers had a need-to-know.
“Why do you want to know?” he asked.
“I’m just curious,” I replied.
He told me, “Nobody’s just curious. Everybody wants to know for a reason.”
The thing about me is that I really am “just curious.” Writing allows me to explore my curiosities. I like to know everything-there-is-to-know about whatever-I’m-into-at-the-time (or assigned). Then I write.
If you want to read an in-depth interview with Irish painter Jim Fitzpatrick (he did the infamous Che Guevara 2-tone portrait), or Krist Novoselic (bassist of Nirvana) that’s here. If you want to see ad concepts for Record Revirginizer (a goop that cleans old LPs) or my ad for Gargoyle’s Statuary in Seattle, that’s on my portfolio tab. There’s even a “CYRUS… the t.v. show.” section on this site, a community access TV program I produced in high school. I really have no shame.
Today I’d have a better answer for Gene:
“I want to write about it.”