About Craig Staufenberg:
Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.
If you could be a super hero what ability would you choose?
And what would your kryptonite be?
I’d like to be able to sing. To me a great singing voice feels like a superpower.
As far as the big “superhero” superpowers? I don’t know. It’s all so far outside my normal range of experience I couldn’t speak on it. But I know it’d be great to be able to sing. And my kryptonite? Wanting to show off during karaoke. If I could sing I would be the most obnoxious person in the bar, no doubt.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
A palaeontologist, then an archaeologist. But I’ve been making stories since I was five, and making stories soon won out over those other—temporary—professional directions.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
How few books I’ve read. At least, how few literary books I’ve read. I don’t read a lot of fiction, I haven’t touched most of the classics, I never studied literature, and I have almost no experience with current fiction.
To watch, or play? I’ll play or watch anything with friends, but on my own I’m only really drawn into watching fighting. Boxing, MMA, whatever… doesn’t make a big difference to me. It all just grabs me.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I think it’s tacky to hard-pitch your own book, so I’d just ask you to read the reviews and make up your own mind whether it seems like something you might connect with.
If you could choose any author to co write a book with, who would you choose?
Marcus Aurelius. That guy’s had some longevity.
If you could spend a day with one famous person living or not who would you choose?
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I didn’t! I’m setting the bar for celebration higher than one book.
What was your favorite subject in school?
I never loved school. It got better when I made it to college and I could actually pick my courses. There I majored in world religions, and also took a lot of media studies courses. I enjoyed diving deep into them, but, for me, the academic approach is too abstract and disconnected from lived experience.
Print or Ebook?
Personally? Print. I’m a tactile person and I like the physical experience of a print book better than an eBook. Plus, from a creator’s standpoint, it’s easier to make a beautiful print book than a beautiful eBook.
But I’m not going to talk down to someone else’s preference. Everyone has their own priorities, and any piece of tech that gets people to read is good in my eyes.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, of course.
Cake or Icecream?
Ice cream. I currently live near three amazing ice cream spots and walking home without stopping at one of them feels like a gauntlet.
Action or Drama?
There’s no difference. In a good action movie the action is an expression of the drama, and the dramatic beats play out in the action. For a great example of this, watch the movie Warrior. But if I had to pick between gratuitous action or gratuitous drama, I’d pick gratuitous action any day of the week.
Sweet or Salty?
Salty. No competition. I could go a year without sweets, but I can’t cook a meal without sea salt.
PC or Mac?
Mac. I’m a convert. My first few computers were all PCs, but they kept breaking after a year or two. I’m nearly three years in with my MacAir, and it’s still going strong.
Besides durability, there are a thousand little aesthetic and usability choices that go into Mac design you just don’t find in a PC. These little touches all add up to a much more thoughtful tactile experience, and I miss them every time I hop on someone else’s PC.