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Tim Sandlin

August 31, 2011

Tim Sandlin

Tim Sandlin is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Sex and Sunsets, Western Swing, Honey Don’t, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty, Rowdy in Paris and the GroVont Quartet including his newest novel, Lydia. Movie credits include the Showtime original Floating Away, based on Sorrow Floats, and Skipped Parts, a TriMark film. He is also a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and has judged several writing competitions, including the Western States Book Awards.

1. What is your hometown?

Jackson, Wyoming

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Stuart Little, Peter Pan, Danny Deck

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Humphrey Bogart

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Van Gogh, one of the later self-portraits

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Recommending any book by Murakami.  Charles Portis.  Currently reading old Earl Biggers, from 1912, before his Charlie Chan days.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Don’t own an iPod, but like Tish Hinojosa, Miles Davis (most of it, anyway), Handel (not the operas or “Messiah,” more like “Water Music.”)  Bach’s Brandenburgh Concertos.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?


8.  Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


10.    How do you define sin?

Harming the earth or other people.  Watching reality television.  Voting Republican.

11.    How do you define virtue?

Waking up and acting as if you are in a good mood and will make it through the day without screaming or rending your own flesh.

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

No headstone.  Cremate me.  Write He loved as much as he could as the headline of my obit.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Bin Laden’s wives. 

Tim Sandlin

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