Interview with David Baldacci


I don’t know why but this Popmatters interview with mass-market novelist David Baldacci made me laugh. It’s probably because I’ve never read a single book of his, probably because I’ve assumed his books come off like a poor man’s John Grisham, and also I know next to nothing about the man.

However, after this interview, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t want to read at least one of his books, or at least hope he writes something more personal and less-lawyerly.

Baldacci has written 16 best-sellers since 1996, so part of my previous aversion was strickly jealously. He can honestly introduce himself to people at parties as “Hi! I’m rich bitch!” But that’s besides the point. And yes, he’s a former DC lawyer. Boo! Hiss! Shame him!

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek. I heard somewhere that the entire flight deck of the Starship Enterprise was made of cardboard. That even added to the allure for me. Kirk and Spock saved the universe with cardboard. Imagine what they could have done with, say, plastic or even aluminum foil. It does give one pause.

Stress management: hit man, spa vacation or Prozac?
Depending on the source of the stress, definitely a hit man. They?re professionals. You pay your money and get what you paid for. I think the world would be a much more civilized place if hit men were legalized. I could see them flying through the fine suburbs in the soccer vans loaned to them by their clients, windows down, lead flying, obnoxious Yuppies going down hard on their well-manicured lawns.

Essential to life: coffee, vodka, cigarettes, chocolate, or . . .?
Hallucinogens. Because I find that coffee, nicotine and even Prozac have their limits. Seriously, what would any of us do without friends and family? They?re the calm harbor in the storms. Without that, you?re zip.

Funny man that David Baldacci. Next time I’m at the airport I’ll pick up one of your books.

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