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?
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?
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?
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?
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