Charles Salzberg is a gifted writer and, like his co-conspirators for the novel, “Triple Shot”, hails from New York City (my home town).  I was excited to be offered their book in exchange for an honest review, and can’t be more happy to promote this Ten Questions post. Don’t be fooled. This writer has a list of books and teaches for New York Writers Workshop. If you want to live vicariously through this man’s experiences, check out his books.

Ten Questions vol. 2 #26 Charles Salzberg

Bookish Devices: What is your favorite word?
Charles Salzberg: Yes.

BD: What is your least favorite word?
CS: No.

BD: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
CS: Almost anything. I can be listening to music, or watching a movie, or watching TV, or reading a book, or even talking to a friend, and it can excite me in all those ways.

BD: What turns you off?
CS: Negative people, people who say you can’t do something, or who denigrate other people.

BD: What sound or noise do you love?
CS: Laughter.

BD: What sound or noise do you hate?
CS: Drilling, either on the street or in my mouth.

BD: If you could have drinks with any author or literary figure, whom would you invite?
CS: There are so many and I’d be afraid to be disappointed by any of them. But if I had to choose one it would probably be Vladimir Nabokov—and yes, I know he’s dead but he still speaks to us through his incredible writing.

BD: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
CS: I can’t really think of any other profession I’d like to be a part of but if pressed, which I guess I am, I think it would be painting—the canvas kind not the house kind.

BD: What profession would you not like to do?
CS: There are so many and every one of them is tougher than being a writer. Doctor. Nurse. Coal miner. Construction worker. The list goes on and on and one and I admire each and every one of them.

BD: What would you choose for your last meal?
CS: The buffet table.

Bonus Questions:

BD: What is your favorite curse word?
CS: Actually, I don’t curse much but I love every curse word when it’s in a language other than my own.

BD: If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring one book, which would you bring?
CS: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. I don’t care how many times you read it you’ll still get something out of it.



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