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Mr. Johnson GQ Interview

Mr. Johnson GQ Interview

My name is Paul Johnson, and my wife is Erica. We’ve been married for twelve years as of last November, and we have two kids: Sven, my son, was born on Christmas Day, 2015, and my daughter Natalie was born this last November. I studied English and literature in college, so I teach literature, but I also teach history, and in the past I’ve taught Bible, logic, Latin, earth science, guitar, and drums. Before I started teaching I was a janitor and also worked in a record store and before that a book store. I also used to play in bands and ran a mail order record label when I was seventeen.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I like collecting and listening to records and finding and reading books. So I guess any of those things...

2. What is your greatest fear?

Running out of time.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Most likely the thing I hate the most about myself, narcissism? Sure that works.

4. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Like, literally, and know what I mean? Probably a bunch of others that I don’t notice.

5. Which talent would you most like to have?

Any talent really, just some talent. I have none.

6. Which fictional figure do you most identify with?

Harry Potter and I were both born in July of 1980... but that’s where it ends. Fictional characters are usually interesting people... I don’t know, maybe, Eustace Scrubb?

7. What is your greatest regret?

Not marrying Erica sooner. Buying and selling my 1967 Volkswagen square back. Not buying more records when I was younger, and they were cheaper. And many many many more.

8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Sven and Natalie.

9. How would you like to die?

On a rain-soaked foggy beach clutching the grip of a broken sword.

10. What subject would be your dream to teach?

Literature. I think it would be fun to teach art, music, or math though too.


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