Ava Alamshah: What is your idea of happiness?
Suzanne Goldish: My idea of happiness is being surrounded by good friends who are all healthy and happy and doing what they love. It is having unlimited time and resources to do the things you really and truly want to do, unlimited time to talk and laugh and learn and look at the world. And it is to sleep soundly in the arms of a true love.
AA: Who are your favorite painters, no....photographers?
SG: I adore David Hilliard's work. His photographs are so cinematic - not just because as diptychs and triptychs they mimic frames of a movie lying side by side, but also because somehow the expanse of location they manage to cover allows for so much more detail and information to create inevitable stories. I also love Ed Ruscha's photographic work, as well as his paintings and graphic work, because of its humor and cynicism. I think art should make a person feel something, and if a piece can make a person laugh out loud then the artist has measurable proof that he has succeeded.
AA: What characters in history do you most dislike?
SG: Wow. This one's hard considering my knowledge of world history is pathetic. I guess I'd have to say those that perpetuated the incredible racism in the middle part of the 20th century (and those who continue to do so today.) The denigration of an entire group of people based solely on a visual difference created such a long lasting and permeating effect on our country that sometimes I feel it is irreparable. Is that too depressing? Sorry.
AA: (If you could live anywhere) where would you like to live?
SG: Well, this is also a difficult one. Because I would answer it two different ways depending on whether teleportation devices were available. But seriously, I want to live wherever I have wonderful friends and family to be around. For a long time that was New York City for me, and even though the stress and the noise and the priciness of the city bothered me from time to time, it was still exactly where I wanted to be because of my friends there. Today, I am here in LA and it is exactly where I want to be right now. It's sunny, I have work, a place to live, and I have an amazing group of friends that I can visit easily and have a variety of adventures with.
AA: If you were a superhero what powers would you possess & why?
SG: Is there a superhero that can teleport?
Um... I guess I wouldn't mind flying. I hate flying in airplanes, it scares the crap out of me, but to be able to fly on your own - I feel like that would be pretty safe considering it's innate. And it just seems like it would feel really nice - to have the wind in your face, and no traffic, and to have such great views. And maybe also I'd like to be able to pause time. That would almost be like having unlimited time, which, as mentioned in my first answer, seems pretty awesome to me. To never have more than one thing to do at any moment - because you could stop time to get stuff done - that would be great.
Oh, and maybe I'd like to shoot laser beams out of my eyes.