February 22, 2008

My Moment of Fame on the Continent.

Cécile Grégoriadès interviewed me last week in my "adopted hometown" of Santa Monica, California, about the upcoming national election—and listened just as carefully to my stories of going to high school in Dogtown as she did to my views on John McCain.

She's a sweet, wonderful woman. Very bright. We were in her neighborhood, down by Main Street. I knew I was being silly, but I insisted on walking her back to her apartment building. Never mind that she towers over me: it's a mixed area, and I know how to handle the South side of Santa Monica. Hell—I used to live in Venice, until the drug dealers chased me out. Some part of me felt that it was no area for people who are truly nice. And never mind that houses there start at a bit over a million dollars; the bums are still always out in force.

Hey! Nobody told me that an interview with Le Monde would be published in . . . French. No fair!

Seriously: If only my French weren't so nonexistent/sucky.* But the interviews actually play in both languages on Le Monde's site—English first, translation second; the quality is remarkably good, and having the audio in the background while one reads the interviews is a good multi-media approach, shy of having to videotape every interview one conducts. Nice blend of online "print" and podcasting. And Cécile has a great microphone.

A special shout-out to Cécile: remarkably sensitive in her questions, she listened very well to what could have been quite a "hard right" point of view on American national security issues. (I am less right-wing on other topics, of course.)

* I did get, however, find out at CPAC that I was still able to converse in pidgin German with a couple of European journalists. At least, I rather think I did; I was on my second dirty martini at the time.

UPDATE: Place this quote:

"Le Monde? It's a great price, for a small vice."

UPDATE 2: David Linden writes in from New York City:

Mon Dieu!

The interview is great. The photo, however, makes it look like some Islamo-Fascist just stuck a baguette up your ass.

His ex-girlfriend, aka the Manhattan Moosette, assures me that the translation seems fairly accurate.

Posted by Attila Girl at February 22, 2008 11:33 PM | TrackBack

I hear Cécile say "fascist" about three-quarters of the way through? Was she kind enough to send you a translation? From my experience, there is always a lovely smile as the knife goes in.

Nice voice,btw!

Posted by: Darrell at February 23, 2008 11:24 AM

Oh, how I hate my voice. I am, about my voice, the way other women are about their bodies.

I'm pretty sure it was part of the phrase "Islamo-Fascist."

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 23, 2008 11:58 AM

Kind of late in the soundtrack. I have a native speaker working on the translation now.

We all hate what we have. How could we be miserable otherwise? That's why there are other people(like me)to actually enjoy our blessings.

Posted by: Darrell at February 23, 2008 01:02 PM

Oh and Shakespeare for "it's a great price, for a small vice" . . .not in reference to Le Monde, of course. Othello?

Posted by: Darrell at February 23, 2008 01:08 PM

Yes. The translation is very good. But I agree about the photo. Having just seen you a few weeks ago, I can vouch for the fact that you actually look more like you do in the Original Olive Group Photo that I still have in my scrapbook, than the shot they used in that French Newspaper of Record.

Posted by: Daphne Nugent aka "Manhattan Moosette" at February 23, 2008 01:37 PM

It's Othello—and it does, in fact allude to "the [whole] world."

Thanks, Daphne. I believe I was trying to look serious about Islamo-Fascism. I succeeded only in looking . . . well, like a 45-year-old. C'est la vie.

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 23, 2008 02:06 PM

Some days it doesn't pay to comment . . .

No matter that the world's a huge thing.

Posted by: Darrell at February 23, 2008 05:13 PM

Oh, you silly thing. You have a nice voice! You could be on radio!

Congratulations, ma petite chou! ;)

Posted by: Beth at February 23, 2008 05:44 PM

That is so cool! Congratulations.

Posted by: beth at February 23, 2008 11:08 PM

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