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In honor of [Door Flies Open]’s 2nd anniversary we reached back in time and reached out in person to interview one of the founding fathers of our former motherblog Kissing Suzy Kolber.
On July 10th I attended a book reading/signing in Manhattan Beach, CA. The author on hand was none other than our long lost internet baby daddy Drew Magary. Drew read a passage from his most recent book The Hike, now available in paperback at book stores and online retailers everywhere.
Editor’s note: I’ve read The Hike and found it vastly entertaining, engaging, personal and extremely readable. Do consider ordering a copy for yourselves.
After reading the book passage, Drew took the time to sign any and all books and/or other items for every person in attendance. Once the signings were complete the entire gathering retreated next door to a neighborhood bar where we were able to pound down many frosty adult beverages with Drew himself.
Drew took time to speak with every person in attendance, not just a quick “Hello” either. As long as someone engaged him in conversation he answered any and every question asked of him. I found Drew extremely approachable, very quick witted with an uncanny ability to be the focal point of the room. A very, very good dude.
During a conversation with Drew I asked if he would be interested in a quick interview for our 2nd anniversary here at DFO. Not only did he agree, he asked me to email a list of questions to him to give him time to thoroughly answer each one.
The DFO Interview with Drew Magary:
DFO: Are you familiar with doorfliesopen.com?
DFO: Would you consider it more flattery or just simply pretty goddamn weird?
Drew “Oh, flattery! I will never complain about people actively paying tribute to KSK.”
DFO: What was your favorite post that you’ve written on KSK or ever?
Drew: “My favorite KSK posts were the old Marvin and Ocho skits, that were basically inspired by the old Gervais podcasts that were glorious nonsense.”
DFO: What was your favorite post on KSK that was not written by you?
Drew: “When Mike wrote about his depression. I know that’s not a har-har post, but to me it was the best encapsulation of the condition I’d ever read.”
DFO: Favorite/least favorite Kommenters?
Drew: “OTTO MAN was our fave. We had a least favorite guy named Clint but, if memory serves, he kinda reformed and became a decent guy.”
DFO: Do you still stay in touch with other members of the KSK writing staff?
Drew: “Yeah most of them. Jack (Unsilent Majority) lives a mile away.”
DFO: Do you miss doing Fun With PK?
Drew: “Oh god, fuck no. Why do you think I quit? I can only take so many Toone P Wiggins anecdotes.”
DFO: How the everloving fuck did you do Fun With PK as long as you did?
Drew: “Right? It destroyed both my soul and Mike’s. It also was crazy popular so sometimes you suck it up for the good of THE PEOPLE.”
DFO: Favorite assignment at GQ?
Drew: “Motley Crue tour!”
DFO: How difficult was it to not punch Bieber in the face?
Drew “Not terribly difficult seeing as how I don’t like going to jail and ruining my career.”
DFO: How is Will (Leitch) doing?
Drew: “Great! We ate dinner in San fran last year and yelled at him about his takes. Good times.”
DFO: What is the best live show you’ve seen recently – or recently-ish?
Drew: “Mastodon in Silver Spring. With Russian Circles and EODM!”
editor’s note: I was wearing an Eagles of Death Metal t-shirt the night of the book signing and Drew immediately noticed and commented on it.
DFO: What were the general reactions/attitudes after Tunison was outed and subsequently fired from WAPO?
Drew: “I mean, no one’s ever jazzed to see a friend get fired from a job. So it was half feeling bad and half being defiant and being like ‘Screw Them’ about it.”
DFO: What is the perfect bread for a breadwich?
Drew: “Levy’s Rye.”
DFO: If given the opportunity to give Tom Brady one good whack on the body, where would you choose and why?
Drew: “Scrotum. The why is self evident.”
DFO: Have you ever been a fan of a team that actually won anything? (note, as a fellow Vikings fan this was not written by me)
Drew: “YES! I was a huge Michigan fan when they won the title in 1997. Then I kinda stopped rooting for them! I guess I had gotten my fix. Or I’m a terrible fan.”
DFO: Now that Trump is president does your blogging seem too highbrow in retrospect?
Drew: “LOL probably.”
yeah right: Finally, as the resident food guy/cook at DFO if the logistics could be worked out would you be open to a mano y mano cooking throwdown with myself?
Drew: “Do I win ten grand if I beat your ass?”
This concludes the interview.
I already thanked him but I wanted to thank Drew again for taking the time out to answer our questions for the anniversary interview, especially since he’s knee deep in “Why Your Team Sucks” for the next several weeks.
Drew is easily the primary reason that I became a regular KSK reader and Kommenter and I still make the effort to read any and all of his work to this day.
One final note: As you regular readers probably know Drew is a “Chopped” champion which is why I asked him the final question about a cooking throwdown.
If one of you crazy bastards wants to do a Kickstarter or GoFundMe to make this happen I am fully the fuck in with the idea. I think that would be goddamn amazing.
Sunday Gravy will return at it’s regular time next week.
Now back to the 2nd anniversary festivities.