Bookslut | An Interview with Daniel Handler
Here’s a fun interview with Daniel Handler who plays accordion but occasionally writes best-selling books.
It includes this amusing bit (among several):
Bookslut: And you played accordion for Stars, right? In researching this interview, I saw some variation of the phrase “The thing about being an accordionist is that you’re the best accordionist anybody knows” a bunch of times. What would an accordion fight be like?
Daniel: Yep, that’s me on one song on the most recent Stars album. Whenever I meet a competent accordion player I do the equivalent of rolling over and showing my belly, often in the form of buying a drink. Today, however, I went on a local carousel with my son, and to my astonishment the music they played was The Magnetic Fields’s “Zebra,” featuring me double-tracked on accordion. I’m sure there aren’t too many musicians who can claim to play indie rock and on carousel soundtracks.
(Sorry about messing up this post a minute ago, don’t know where that quote went. Fixed now I hope.)
I just wrote Handler’s publisher (his handlers?) (He says puns are not the lowest form of humour in this very article) to ask for an interview, “for a section of a book I’m working on about accordionist rock musician childrens’ book authors.” Wish us luck.