- What’s your favorite large, furry animal?
I think polar bears. I perceive them as being mostly solitary creatures, and what a rough existence they seem to have. Plus they’re so cute while being so fascinatingly ferocious.
- What’s your favorite large sea creature?
I like walruses and giant squids, although I get the feeling walruses aren’t as charming up close as they are from afar.
- What’s your favorite insect?
I’m fascinated by praying mantises. They’re so mysterious-looking and so scary, but they’re mostly human-friendly, right? I mean, there’s no reason not to want them around, I think, and do they eat other bugs? I used to know a thing or two about mantises but it’s been a long time. Plus Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy is such a great character. A being whose super power is compassion.
- What are your favorite names for pets you’ve known?
A friend’s neighbor had a dog named Budweiser. That was pretty cute. One night at Honolulu City Lights, some friends and I met a cat whose name was Manapua, which is only super funny if you’re from Hawaii. It’s our word for char siu bao, or steamed pork-filled dumplings, and urban legend has it that the manapua wagons, which are like neighborhood food trucks crusing the neighborhoods, make their manapua out of feral cats. It’s a disgusting legend, but we all grew up hearing it. I never believed it, of course, and I had many, many manapuas in my day. Plus the parents of one of my good friends owned a manapua wagon.
- Besides unicorns, what are some mythical beasts you wish were real?
Griffins for sure. Manticores.