James Lipton’s 10 Questions

James Lipton died today at the age of 93. While I was not an avid fan of Inside the Actors Studio, I always looked forward to one particular moment in the show. The ten questions.

He would wind his way through the interview with his guest, with all questions and commentary leading to the same ten questions. I never thought he would pose those questions to me, but I have posed them to myself over the years. Some answers have remained the same, while others have changed. As a tribute to the late, great James Lipton, I give you my answers to his famous ten questions:

What is your favorite word? Armadillo. Seriously. I don’t really know why I am drawn to this word, but for inexplicable reason, I am.

What is your least favorite word? Any racial or ethnic slur. It hurts my heart when someone uses one in any context at all.

What turns you on? Music. There are few things that are as powerful, joyful, and healing as music. It has saved my life and added greater meaning to it.

What turns you off? Ignorance. Social media has given a platform to all sorts of people spouting all sorts of “facts” and “truths”, which are anything but factual and true. It’s truly maddening.

What sound or noise do you love? The sound of my daughters’ voices and their laughter. From the moment they both entered into the world, their giggles and chatter have been music to my ears.

What sound or noise do you hate? The sound of a ringing cell phone and someone talking loudly on their cell phone in public. Both are proverbial nails on a chalkboard!

What is your favorite curse word? Fuck. Hands down; it’s a classic go to when I am upset. I try not to use it too often, though.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Writer. I would enjoy writing professionally in some capacity, and although I don’t exactly know how to go about that, I hope to find my niche one day.

What profession would you not like to do? Politician. I don’t have the stomach, heart, or patience for it at all, but I am grateful for those who do. Well, at least, I am grateful for for some of those who do.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Welcome, my child! You are safe, and you are home.

Rest in peace, James Lipton.

And that’s another story. . .



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