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Isaac Adamson

December 5, 2012

Isaac Adamson

Novelist Isaac Adamson hails from Fort Collins, Colorado, but writes mystery novels set in Japan. His novels, Tokyo Suckerpunch (2000), Hokkaido Popsicle (2002), Dreaming Pachinko (2003), and Kinki Lullaby (2004) follow the adventures of journalist and amateur detective Billy Chaka. His latest novel, Complication (2012) is described as “a twisted, mind-bending, contemporary thrill ride … set in the dark heart of Europe.”

Isaac’s newest project is StakeOut, a webcomic about two cops in a car with too much time on their hands.  Adamson’s first novel, Tokyo Suckerpunch, is under development to be made into a film by Sony Pictures Entertainment, starring Tobey Maguire in the role of Billy Chaka.

Isaac was nominated for 12?s by our dear friend and loyal reader Lily Diaz.

1. What is your hometown?

Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and now live in Portland, Oregon.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Harry Haller from Hermann Hesse’s STEPPENWOLF made a big impression on me as a young man, as did Mersault from Albert Camus’ THE STRANGER. Haven’t read either book for a number of years though, so I’m not sure how much I’d identify with them now. I’m fond of Haruki Murakami’s protagonists, even if they are all basically the same guy. I can identify with axe murderers or 80-year-old nuns if they’re well-written characters, which is one of the great joys of reading.

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

When I was a kid, I looked a lot like Jerry Mathers of “Leave it Beaver” fame. We don’t look much a like now, but I’m casting him anyway. His acting career could use a boost.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Barcelona FC are the greatest work of art the 21st century has yet produced. Seriously. (Well, at least half-seriously).

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Been recommending WHEN CAPTAIN FLINT WAS STILL A GOOD MAN by Nick Dybek this year. It’s a fantastic read, best debut I’ve seen in a long while. Ferenc Karinthy’s METROPOLE, written in 1970 but not published in the US until 2008, is my favorite book of the last five years. I’m currently reading SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALE by Graham Joyce, whose novel THE TOOTH FAIRY was one of the creepiest books I’ve ever come across.

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

MADNESS IN MINIATURE by Mr. Gnome. Also been listening to the new EP by Kitten a lot. And while writing, I’ve been putting on THE MASTER soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood.

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

I got a little misty watching PROJECT NIM. Chimpanzees do it every time.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Cat person, but just barely.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness. Where it exists at all, truth is slippery, easily manipulated, easily ignored. I can imagine a world without truth (feel like we’re halfway there already), but I can’t imagine a world without kindness.

10. How do you define sin?

I’ll leave that to people who stand to profit from such definitions. It’s not a concept that interests me much.

11. How do you define virtue?

Not diving to draw the penalty, even if you have been given a bit of a nudge.

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

My headstone would be a grain of sand on the beach. But a very nice beach, one with lots of sun, cool breezes, seagulls wheeling in the sky above and children playing in the surf. And it would say all that needs be said.

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

Flanna Sheridan of the band Ocean Versus Daughter.

Isaac Adamson

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  1. diasdelily permalink
    December 5, 2012 10:48

    Isaac Adamson is one of my favorite writers. I picked up one of his books at a used book store in Boulder because it has a neon cover with a great graphic. Yes, I do sometimes judge a book by it’s cover. I read the book and have since read all his books except his new one Contemplation.

    I can’t wait for Tokyo Suckerpunch the movie to come out. He’s such a witty writer that sucks you right into the book’s universe. Thank you Isaac for writing back for 12 Questions. Thank you Becky and Spencer for contacting Isaac. <3's

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