Joanna Walsh writes and draws the Webby-award-winning blog Badaude. She is designer-in-residence at legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company. She has just finished a book about London for the Tate and is currently writing a graphic novel about Paris and planning an exhibition at the Wellcome Trust Gallery.
Why do you blog? > I started because I lost my regular illustration slot on a UK newspaper and was at a loose end. Why do I continue? Addiction: an itch to tell, however trivial.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Meeting interesting people: other bloggers who have become good friends, particularly Maitresse and Coquette, as well as everyone at Shakespeare and Company, Port Eliot and Five Dials. My life has become much more interesting.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > The usual stuff: write (or photograph, or draw, or whatever you do) frequently. You'll soon find out what you want to do, whether anyone's listening, and whether you want to continue.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > William Morris, Jean Rhys, Angela Carter, George Gissing, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Didion, Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin.
What are you reading at the moment? > The Wicked Pavilion by Dawn Powell; Morality by Bernard Williams; Adèle Blanc-Sec: Momies en Folie by Jacques Tardi.
Who are your cultural heroes? > William Hogarth, Ronald Searle, Honoré Daumier, Jacques Tardi, Jaime Hernandez, Lynda Barry, Aubrey Beardsley.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Bel Ami is fighting it out with Good Morning Midnight, That Uncertain Feeling, War and Peace and Nana (what a picture). OK, maybe War and Peace. Just because there's more of it.
What is your favourite movie? > The Awful Truth (Irene Dunne/Cary Grant/Leo McCarey). A comedy about the impossibility and inevitability of love.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > I'm no longer sure that people's opinions can be changed by argument.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > Situationism.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > Utilitarianism.
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > Abolish private schools (or at the very least remove all their privileges, like charitable status). Nothing in the UK is more socially divisive.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > Florence Stevens.
What would you do with the UN? > Party! But we'd have to go somewhere big. I hear there are a lot of them.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Don't be afraid to be pretentious. Everything starts there. If you don't know how to be a writer (or whatever it is you want to be), pretend you're a writer. Think about what a writer might do when s/he gets up in the morning. Then start doing it or learn how to. This is particularly important in creative professions where there is little 'career structure' and no one is even sure how much of it can be taught. I have to do it every morning.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > I find conflict erotic but I'm not so sure would get on doing the washing up - so, yes, but not live-in.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > A sense of fun.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Snobbery.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > Most, unfortunately. I strongly disapprove of lying but find myself doing it time and time again.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Claudette Colbert.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Somewhere with a door handle. Mine fell off a couple of weeks ago. There's a screw missing and I'm mystified as to how to put it back on.
What would your ideal holiday be? > A long journey taken alone on several forms of public transport, ending up in a major city I don't know.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > I like looking at pictures of nice clothes and wondering whether I should buy them.
What talent would you most like to have? > Tightrope dancing.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Movie director. What I do is a bit like that - telling stories with pictures - but I don't have to manage a team or a budget.
Who are your sporting heroes? > Emily Wilding Davison.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Competitive sports.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > I wish there were bakeries where you could buy decent bread throughout the UK. And that they opened at 7.30 am.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > Being freelance, so much of my life is based on repeatedly trying to get money - or some other equivalent benefit - I'm not sure I could handle the change.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Honoré Daumier, Isabelle Huppert, Guy de Maupassant.
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