120 Seconds With…David Comfort

David is the author of "The Kiss".

  • Day Job: Writer, painter, sculptor, furniture maker
  • 3 favorite authors: Chekhov, Kafka, Jean Genet. Runners up: Dostoyevsky, Rimbaud, Henry Miller, Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Donald Barthelme, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Denis Johnson, Thom Jones, Peter Handke, Roberto Bolano
  • 3 artists you most admire:De Kooning, Rothko, Paul Klee. Runners-up: Bosch, Breugel, Vermeer, El Greco, Grunewald, Van Gogh, Corinth, Rouault, Modigliani, Munch, Nolde, Kokoschka, Dubbufet, Sautine, Gorky, Kline, Basquiat
  • How have you changed as an artist since you began creating/writing?Less optimistic about getting into Gagosian, or winning the Nobel.
  • Describe your dream studio/workspace.2,000 sq. ft +, cathedral ceilings, skylights, overlooking Banff/Lake Louise.
  • Where do you feel the most “at home”? At home, alone. Or in dreams.
  • Something you never leave the house without: Anti-depressants.
  • How do you unwind and get in the mood to create/write?Unwind: Meditation and/or controlled substance abuse. Or watching Colbert, Maher, or “Breaking Bad”. Mood to Create/Write: Burn effigy of Hemingway, Bret Easton Ellis, or Julian Schnabel (among others). Reread: Ward Six, Notes from the Underground, or “Cathedral.” Relisten: Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” (slight return)
  • Tell us about a favorite holiday/wintertime tradition.Burning my Simon & Schuster holiday sell-out title, Just Say Noel, on the yule log.
  • Name the last song that got stuck in your head.Beethoven’s Ninth. Muskrat Love.