6 questions we always ask — Max Sparber, critic, playwright, and editor of MN Speak

Max Sparber playwright, critic, editor of MNSpeak

Heed these words of advice, DO NOT ever Google MN Speak editor Max Sparber. If you do, you will fall down a bunny hole of stories and cocktail recipes and fascinating about pages only to emerge an hour or so later more lost than when you began and now intimidated to boot. Holy Hannah! Sparber’s not just a poet, playwright, and editor, he just might be the hardest working writer on the Internet.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
Wally’s World: The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of Wally Wood, The World’s Second-Best Comic Book Artist by Steve Starger and J. David Spurlock

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Hm. I think I had a crush on both the main characters from the Hoppers 13 storyline from the comic book Love and Rockets: Maggie and Hopey.

If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
Gosh, that’s a hard question, as who my favorite author is changes depending on my mood. I’m going to go with Maurice Sendak for the moment, because I have been enjoying his stuff a lot lately, and I think I’d take him to Mancini’s, because I take everybody there.

What was your first favorite book?
Alice in Wonderland. Still one of my favorites.

Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
I don’t think I’d have to worry about the classics, as there are hundreds of people who would dedicate themselves, say, to Moby Dick or the work of Poe. So I’d save something that I think is worth saving, and nobody else would bother with: I would memorize Mine Enemy Grows Older by Alexander King.

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
Ulysses. I’ve just been so afraid of it.

You can find Max Sparber editing MN Speak and at 50,000,000 Sparber Fans Can’t Be Wrong and The Bottle Gang and probably 100 more places I have yet to discover

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