Limbo week between Christmas and New Years.
Toss the wrinkled wrapping paper and empty boxes. Clean, clean, clean. Cook, cook, cook. Drink, drink, drink. Prop your feet up and decide what year-end sale items to use those gift cards on.
Sip a little, read a lot.
Get that pen and noteobook out and ease back into writing.
Here’s a little prompt for you to play with.
The Actors Studio
In his review of the program, The Sunday Times critic A. A. Gill wrote: “The format is simple and idiotically inspired. The Actors Studio is the New York drama school made famous by Stanislavsky and his method (although the series is now filmed elsewhere). These shows are thinly set-up masterclasses for students. The cleverness is in the vanity it allows the guests, who are the very greatest and most self-regarding performers and creators of theatre and film. People who are too grand to talk to anyone will talk to Inside the Actors Studio. They believe they’re giving something back, offering precious pearls of insight to a new generation. And who doesn’t look good passing it on to adoring students? In truth, it’s just a chat show on satellite, but the veil of education and posterity is held decorously high, so everybody turns up and talks with a smile.”
While most of the show is a one-on-one interview conducted by Lipton, this is followed by the host submitting a questionnaire to the guest. The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire. The 10 questions Lipton asks are:
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Take it for a spin. Think about the whys and wherefores while you’re at it.
Use your answer to one (or two) of the questions to seed a new poem (or short prose piece).
And if you have fun with this, put Miz Q on your calendar for January. We’re going to kick its dreary rear.
Invite your friends to play along.