Name: Kris D’Agostino
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Business and Technology Director at Beginnings Nursery School and I moonlight as a novelist.
Twitter Handle: @krisdagostino
Kris D’Agostino’s debut novel Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac is the story of the dysfunctional Moretti family. The protagonist Calvin is a pot-smoking pre-school teacher — and he’s saddled with a pregnant teen sister, a cancer-stricken, gun-toting father and a total existential crisis. Somehow Calvin’s story is funny instead of tragic. So funny, in fact, that NPR named it one of five “Funny Books With Substance.”
Check out our interview with D’Agostino below.
1. What are you wearing?
Grey Uniqlo jeans and a Steven Alan button-down and the only sneakers I ever seem wear: a pair of Vans. These are blue Authentics, the low ones.
2. What do you do in a typical day?
Go to work and do work things that pay my rent, then work on my second novel (which is almost done), then try to eat some good food. And if it’s a really great day I get to watch a movie.
3. What book/movie/TV show are you really into right now?
I just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls. I’ve been claiming Hemingway as a major inspiration for years now and I’ve secretly only read two of his books. I figured it was time to increase that number to three. Also, everyone should see The Marriage of Maria Braun.
4. What’s a trend you wish would die?
The prohibition style jeans and suspenders and various other things that Brooklyn men seem to be really championing these days. Also men wearing flip-flops. Also anything with shoulder pads. Also the term “fashion-forward.” I heard some idiot telling the salesguy at Barneys the other day that he was “in the market for some really fashion-forward sneakers.”
5. What do you order for brunch?
My patent pending brunch move is to order French toast “for the table” and then get some sort of eggs/toast/bacon combo for myself. That way I never have to choose between sweet or savory. Oh and iced coffee. Always iced coffee.
6. Who should we follow on Twitter that we’re (probably) not?
John Wray, the novelist. He tweets in the 3rd person, as Citizen, and makes amazing NYC-centric life comments. One of my favorites: Is there a term, Citizen mused, for being pissed that a thing you secretly love has become dipshit poseur standard issue? Oh, right. Aging.
7. What song or band has most affected or influenced you?
8. What project are you obsessed with right now?
Starting my model train-phase. Originally this was scheduled for my late 60s, early 70s, but I’m pushing it up. I just ordered this really amazing European LEGO train engine on eBay. Wait, did I just admit that I brought a LEGO train on eBay? Next question.
9. What do you think is the best reality show?
They are all horrible wastes of time and I really mean that. But there was this one-off a few years back where human beings challenged animals to various athletic competitions. Like a bear versus a man in a hotdog eating contest. A chimpanzee versus a NAVY Seal racing through an obstacle course. It was a very proud moment for humankind. [Ed note: The show was called "Man vs. Beast"!]
10. What’s your hangover cure?
Well for starters, you can try not getting shit-faced. That helps.
11. What fictional character do you most identify with?
12. What was the best vacation meal you’ve ever had?
This is a bad answer, but it has to be Cape Cod whole belly fried clams. I never get tired of them.
13. What’s your favorite solo outing?
I love going to movies by myself.
14. What’s your favorite bar in another city?
The Dime in L.A. is pretty rad.
15. What luxury do you think should be included in plane travel to make it more fun?
16. What’s your biggest vice?
Guitar Hero. It may be my only vice.
17. What movie will you always watch to the end when it’s on TV?
A Few Good Men. I don’t know what it is about that film, but I always just have to watch until Jack Nicholson flips out: “Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.”
18. Who’s your Spirit Animal?
19. (Picture of the week): what’s the first thing you think of when you see this?
It makes me want to play Ping Pong.
Julie Gerstein writes about style and fashion for The Frisky, and you can follow her on Twitter at @havethehabit. She has a terrible shoe shopping problem.