Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Order of Odd-Fish Week---James Kennedy Interview, Part Three

What are you working on now, and can you tell us anything about it?

I’m working on a science-fiction comedy called The Magnificent Moots. It’s The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Ender’s Game meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Royal Tennenbaums. There might be a graphic novel aspect to it. If it comes off the way I hope it does, it will be delightfully strange, much weirder and funnier than The Order of Odd-Fish.

Other than imagining humorless critics as parasites living in your fingernails, how do you handle bad reviews?

I actually write all my bad reviews myself, in the occasional drunken fit of self-hatred, and publish them under pen names. No actual, competent reviewer would ever give me a bad review. What could they possibly criticize? To ask such a question is to answer it.

If you were to pretentiously start writing your autobiography tomorrow, what would you tentatively title it?

Iacocca: A Life.

The language in Odd-Fish is advanced. What is one word you really like that is NOT in the novel?

Let me see . . . nope, sorry, I got the words I wanted in there.

What is one thing that you have always and will always find hilarious?


Finally, has the fire really been burning since the world’s been turning, or can we actually place blame on some individual, generation, or entire culture?

Billy Joel protests too much. I’m guessing he’s the one who started the fire.

Check back tomorrow for the following:

  • Unlike V.P. Biden, James weighs in on the Great Chocolate Milk Debate, and the answer will shock you!
  • The Order of Odd-Fish soundtrack
  • My two-year old "reading" from James's book. (This one's iffy. She's a fast learner and all, but just a tad strong-willed.)

And on Thursday night, be the first to enter The Order of Odd-Fish contest!


Unknown said...

That was one strange video clip... Spen-sa...

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Strange, yes. But for some reason, I liked it.

"A furious magician!"

Betty (Beth) said...

I really enjoyed today's questions. I have always wondered who really started the fire. :-)

Monica said...

i can't wait to hear your two year old reading from the book. of course, when my children were two, they were geniuses, and could read all of Shakespeare's works. i dont want to make you feel inadequate as a father or anything....

good interview. It just keeps getting better. I had always wondered about that burning world issue. tyvm

Lily Cate said...

He had me at "...meets the Royal Tennenbaums"
I'll read that.
(Rushmore is still my favorite Wes Anderson movie, though)

James Kennedy said...

@Tracy Edward Wymer: See, it's addictive! My wife discovered that clip, and for a week we were both continuously talking like "Ben Bernanke."

James Kennedy said...

@Lily: I agree, Rushmore is the best Wes Anderson movie in a walk.

chris said...


Paul Michael Murphy said...

That might be taking "omit needless words" a little far, Chris.

Kelly Polark said...

Ooooo, the Magnificent Moots sounds....well, magnificent!
I hope there is a character named Spencer in it!