The Questions with Eric Kobb Miller, aka Spit Toon: humorist

Eric Kobb Miller, aka Spit ToonSo, I “met” this dude on twitter. His tweets amused me {here’s a recent one: “A toast: Here’s 2 “vice versa,” poetic unto itself, but not in reverse, as “versa vice” doesn’t sound as nice. (;>))”}, and so I invited him to answer The Questions. Which he did. Months ago. (Sense a theme here? But I’m finally caught up with my answerers. I think.)

Of note is that he followed directions and only answered seven questions, but he did not answer them in numerical order. :)

The Questions

20. When did you know you wanted to be a writer/artist?

In my junior year of high school. My English teacher had each student in the class select a different American author to read during the school year. We were to read the author’s major works, present book reports to the class, and impersonate the author in group discussions. I was F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I went beyond the assignment to read his minor works and anything else I could find about him. The best part of the experience was searching for my Zelda, finding her, and coming to the “author party” on the last day of school dressed as Scott, with Zelda on my arm and a martini glass in hand.

In my senior year, we read the major works of Camus. I went off to college with the dream of writing the great American novel. To this day, I still have moments when a party evokes a memory of Fitzgerald and a mountain evokes the image of Sisyphus struggling with that boulder.

(dSavannah note: Wow. That was very ambitious! Do you have pics of you and your Zelda?)

8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?

I had two favorites growing up, and they’re still at the top of my list, now. When I first heard the voice of Holden Caulfield speaking from the pages of The Catcher in the Rye, I was hooked. We were spitting images of each other. When I read Auntie Mame, the spitting image of my mother jumped right out from the book at me. And here I am, today, the spitting image of Spit Toon.

(dSavannah note: Spitting image, indeed.)

33. Why do you create in your medium/genre? What about it speaks to you?

Apparently, it’s my genetic code, which my parents reinforced by having me tag along wherever they went, which included a lot of comedy venues. It’s fun, breaks the ice, connects, and creates special moments in time. Laughter, when it isn’t phony, is a symphony. Humor highlights the human condition in a special way that helps us understand ourselves and others. Of course, it’s not without risk, but that only increases its allure. To be able to find a way to use it for both the light and the serious is a seductive challenge. To walk the fine line of the moment, even though you know you’ll fall, more often than not, just intensifies the feeling of success. And, the bottom line is that everyone likes to laugh.

(dSavannah note: We also need to laugh.)

27. What five words best describe you?

Many would say “A real piece of work,” but I prefer “A work still in progress.”

23. Where is your heart home and why?

I was born in NYC and the juice of the “Big Apple” still courses through my veins. I have been blessed to be able to experience so much of what makes the city special.

(dSavannah note: I’ve been to NYC once. ‘Twas right after the Statue of Liberty got her big overhaul. You couldn’t get near the place.)

29. You have 24 hours left to live. How will you spend it?

Watching the movie versions of 12 Broadway musicals, while sipping a variety of wines and enjoying an assortment of tapas. These 12 musicals would make for a happy send-off: Les Miz, Chicago, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, The Music Man, Annie, Oliver, Mamma Mia, Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, South Pacific, and Mame.

(dSavannah note: That sounds fabulous. Would you watch them in that order? Trivia about me: I was in The Music Man in high school, and every night of the performance, I single-handedly ruined “The Shipoopi Dance”. Or should I say “single-footedly”?  I needed to lead off with my left foot, and instead led with my right. I blame the director for putting me at the front of the line. He should have recognized I’m no dancer.)

6. What do you want on your tombstone?

“Here’s to embracing each morning rising and accepting with grace the final mourning.”
It’s one of the toasts I wrote for my latest book: Toasts from the Tap at Spit Toon’s Saloon.

(dSavannah note: That’s lovely.)

About Eric:

Toasts from the Tap by Eric Kobb Miller, aka Spit ToonEric Kobb Miller, aka Spit Toon, is the author of the Spit Toon’s Saloon trilogy: Sad Songs and Funny Tales on Tap, Overheard at the Bar, and Toasts from the Tap. He is a retired dentist who has stopped swimming upstream in saliva, has gotten out of the mouth and into the world, and traded his drill for a quill to write literary humor. Originally from New York, he and his wife now live in Pennsylvania, near their two grandsons. Eric calls the boys “Nuclear” and “Energy,” and he calls their dog “Clink,” as she howls at the sound of glasses clinking in a toast.

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3 Responses to The Questions with Eric Kobb Miller, aka Spit Toon: humorist

  1. Thanks for publishing this. I’ll have to go look at his web page, now.

  2. Betsy says:

    Thanks for the blog. Enjoyed getting to know Spit Toon.