Teenage Wildlife

Vanity Fair

August, 1998

David Bowie
Question and Answer

Thanks to Helen2 for the transcript.

From the glammed-out androgyny of Ziggy Stardust to his big 80's anthem, "Let's Dance", to his current "jungle-influenced" sound, David Bowie has proved to be rock's indestructible chameleon. This month, the Thin White Duke prepares to release a new album and demonstrates here that, even though he is 51, his taste for oddities remains the same.

VF: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

DB: Reading

VF: What is your most marked characteristic?

DB: Getting a word in edgewise.

VF: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

DB: Discovering morning

VF: What is your greatest fear?

DB: Converting kilometres to miles

VF: Which historical figure do you most identify with?

DB: Santa Claus

VF: Which living person do you most admire?

DB: Elvis

VF: Who are your heroes in real life?

DB: The consumer

VF: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

DB: While in New York, tolerance. Outside of New York, intolerance

VF: What it the trait you most deplore in others?

DB: Talent

VF: What is your favourite journey?

DB: The road of artistic excess

VF: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

DB: Sympathy and originality

VF: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

DB: Chthonic, miasma

VF: What is your greatest regret?

DB: That I never wore bell-bottoms

VF: What is your current state of mind?

DB: Pregnant

VF: If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

DB: My fear of them (wife and son excluded)

VF: What is your most treasured possession?

DB: A photograph held together by cellophane tape of Little Richard that I bought in 1958, and a pressed and dried chrysanthemum picked on my honeymoon in Kyoto.

VF: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

DB: Living in fear

VF: Where would you like to live?

DB: Northeast Bali or south Java

VF: What is your favourite occupation?

DB: Squishing paint about a senseless canvas

VF: What is the quality you most like in a man?

DB: The ability to return books

VF: What is the quality you most like in a woman?

DB: The ability to burp on command

VF: What are your favourite names?

DB: Sears and Roebuck

VF: What is your motto?

DB: "What" is my motto

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