Christoph Paul is a man of many talents—poet, musician, and author. His book, which I recently finished and reviewed is a terrific mix of humor, satire, and porn references. Yes. You heard me, porn. He should know.
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Please welcome all the many passions of Christoph Paul.
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This book is a modern Leaves of Grass (Google that shit, Philistines); I, the writer, will celebrate myself, my mistakes, and the Americans and non-Americans I have met along the way that have showed me great knowledge. And with great knowledge comes great responsibility; I think Spiderman said that, or my teenage rehab counselor. Not sure, but both were wise.
It is wisdom that these highs and lows have brought me, from traveling and bouncing around in my early youth until I embraced myself as a great artist and went for an MA in Creative Writing (I was too lazy to get the “F” part of the degree) while managing a porn store in northeast DC.
Like my life, this book will be a journey, like Lord of the Rings but there is no Mordor and I will have to explain that a personal massager is a medical device. Yet this is a simple story of a young man making use of his creative talents while making a living, even as he finds the great truths of the humanities.
There is no target audience. Like Shakespeare I am out to reach the intellectuals of high art, the common man, and the men and women who just like dick jokes. What follows are my attempts to give and find knowledge of the arts of all types. Like Jesus I helped and hung with the sinners—sharing their stories and my stories as I created art.
My goal (which I have achieved) when I started out was to grow into a great bard who can touch and raise western and eastern civilization, answer existential questions, empathize with all of humanity, and, finally, not have to work at a porn store to sneak in writing.
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Inside Christoph’s Mind
[eden] You know I’m a fan of wordplay and love the title of your book, so let me ask firstly…
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Any kind of hip hopish slogans that a white person with faux-hawk shouldn’t say: swag, that shit is tight, word is bond, for real though, ballin, she got that onion booty, I’d hit that, and skeet skeet.
[eden] Definitely not what I was expecting. Is this English? Now I feel old!
What is your idea of perfect happiness? It would be a doing a combo of my favorite things in a 24-hour period. Simple stuff like having an awesome breakfast (if any one has seen the TV show “Parks and Recreation” I share Ron Swanson’s love of a good breakfast food and brunettes), writing some good pages for a project I feel really passionate about, playing some guitar and singing my songs in key, later watching a movie that blows me away, read a little bit of a book and feel the same thing as the movie, after see a band I really love and last have some really great sex and an awesome sandwich to end that night…in that order.
[eden] Fantastic, I’d skip the sandwich 😉
What turns you on creatively? A combination of excitement and envy (a good kind, not in the 7 deadly sense.) It usually is when I read something that I just love and wish I thought of it first. I remember reading this book called “The Lost Memory of Skin” by Russell Banks and I was so impressed that the writer could make me feel empathy for all these morally reprehensible men. Even though I write a lot of humor I love dark material, that is the stuff that gets me going and turns me on. A good tragedy gets me excited but still a great comedy gets me going too if done really well.
What quality do you most admire in a man? A renaissance man, I love a dude who can talk sports for thirty minutes and then talk literature the other half. In the end, though I admire a man who is comfortable with himself and will not apologize for it. That is a guy I want to have a beer with.
[eden] I would think NYC is full of them. No?
How about in a woman? Independence, I love independent women who follow their own passion and have a great sense of humor.
What is your greatest regret? That is tough one…I’m not one for regrets but I do have one that I think about every once in awhile and might even write about: it is not kissing this girl I was falling for while she stood in elevator and I stood outside it. We just kept talking like we didn’t want to leave each other, it was really romantic and it would have been a perfect time to have a first kiss but I just didn’t do it…I would also say picking the wrong female bass player for my old band but I have made peace with that and I’m happy with focusing more on writing/song writing than performing.
[eden] Sigh … That first regret is bittersweet. You should definitely write about it.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be more present and king like (ordered using Jungian psychology) I can be very scattered and forget very basic things. I am at my best when I either have someone reminding me to dot the I’s and cross the t’s or I am making an extra effort to do those things myself.
What is your greatest fear? Dying a really horrible slow painful death and aliens doing probe stuff. It is a tie.
Which living person do you most admire? Kanye West, I think he is brilliant and I have a theory that he acts like such a jerk to push himself to be the best at what he does. His music and lyrics are really creative and I love greatness in art and I really feel envious of the art he makes.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I would actually love to coach a sport like football. This other good friend of mine who is also a writer friend feels the way. That if we do really well with writing we’d just like to coach high school football for fun. I am secretly a big jock who just happens to love literature and music.
[eden] A jock, eh? I would’ve never thought that about you.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? I would be like to be an animal. A happy wiener dog hooking up with wiener girl dogs and playing fetch with a good owner.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Sticking with what I set out to do: Work full-time, play in a band and gig around New York, and write a book I felt proud of. I ended up getting exhaustion, depression and leaving the job and the band but I did it and was able to do it for a while and that was an achievement of just pure Nietzsche-like will.
[eden] It’s a lot to juggle, hon, congratulations on achieving so much. I’m sure this is only the beginning.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Taking advantage of generosity and opportunities and not doing anything with them.
What is your greatest extravagance? Going out to eat and by that I mean Thai food and Sushi.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I have traveled so I have to say be a nude model for painters/drawers in a warm room.
Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director? Oh man, this is toughest out of all the questions. For writer it has to be Tom Perrota, Little Children is still my favorite book. Musician it is Trent Reznor-all of his albums I will never get sick of, and director and Chan-Wook Park who made my favorite movie ‘Old Boy’. He did this short too in ‘3 Extremes’ I loved. He did his first American film ‘Stoker’ and it was beautiful.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I feel bad because I can’t remember the comedian’s name but he came up with a nicer way to say the C-word which is ‘Connecticut Muffins’ which is great.
What is your motto? Follow your passion by following The 3 p’s: patience, passion, and perseverance.
[eden] So true, thanks Christoph for joining me today. It was lovely to meet a renaissance man like you ;).
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Christoph Paul is a former porn store manager and was singer/guitarist of the rock band The Only Prescription. He graduated from Wilkes University with an MA in Creative Writing. His first book of non-fiction and satire “The Passion of the Christoph” is out now on Amazon and an upcoming poetry book “At Least I Get You In My Art & Other Poems” is set to be released this year. He is now working on a YA/NA book with the working title “Joey ‘The Art Film’ Caldo”. He is a lover of The Arts, Thai Food, and The Miami Heat & Dolphins.
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