Fierth i-ON Interview with Michael Musto

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BRIAN MILLS

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Founder & Editor of Fierth.com - I am not a journalist, I am not a blogger, and I am not a writer.

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Fierth gets to know New York’s reigning King of Gossip, Michael Musto . This week The Village Voice committed suicide by laying off Musto after 25 years as a columnist at the paper. Michael is an integral part of New York’s Nightlife and Celebrity gossip circuit; He’s seen them all come and go and we can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve next. Get to know Michael Musto..

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Fierth:                        What is your name?

            Michael Musto

Fierth:              Do you have a nick-name?

Musto:             HRH Puddins the Cat

Fierth:           What exactly are you wearing right now?

Musto:             Stuff fromConway’s

Fierth:            How tall are you?

Musto:             6’ 1”

Fierth:           What is your motto?

Musto:             “I did it the hard way”

Fierth:           How do you describe your work?

Musto:             Ritualized backstabbing

Fierth:           What about your work frustrates you ?

Musto:             Not getting total access to everything

Fierth:            What accomplishment are you most proud of ?

Musto:             Surviving, writing four books, being decent

Fierth:           What is the secret to success ?

Musto:             Perseverance, talent, and meeting deadlines

Fierth:           What do you like most about what you do?

Musto:             The fun and the respect—but mainly the fun

Fierth:           How do you keep it real?

Musto:             By being honest. I can’t lie.

Fierth:           Where did you grow up ?

Musto:            Brooklyn

Fierth:          How would your best friend describe you?

Musto:             Withdrawn

Fierth:          What are some qualities you value in your friends ?

Musto:             Honor, supportiveness, reliability, and good fashion sense

Fierth:          List 5 quirky things about yourself.

Musto:             My left hand needs a manicure

Fierth:           What were you like as a child?

Musto:             Withdrawn. I never spoke!

Fierth:           What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

Musto:             I told my cousin that a girl at school hated her. After that, both my cousin and the girl at school cut me off.

Fierth:          As a teenager where did you think you would be now ?

Musto:             Dead

Fierth:           Describe a time/event in your life that you’re nostalgic for.

Musto:             Getting turned on to Diana Ross for the first time

Fierth:            If someone wrote a biography on your life, what do you think the title should be?

Musto:             “He Did It The Hard Way”

Fierth:            What would be the introduction song to a movie based on your life ?

Musto:             “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”

Fierth:            What motivates you in life?

Musto:             Needing validation

Fierth:            What do you think is the meaning of life ?

Musto:             There is no meaning, but you have to pretend there is.

Fierth:             What is your beauty secret ?

Musto:             Vitamin E oil and good genes

Fierth:           What brings you the most joy?

Musto:             A really stimulating event with fun people

Fierth:           Where do you call home ?

Musto:             Glamorous Murray Hill

Fierth:           Describe your home in 6 words or less.

Musto:             A kitsch emporium

Fierth:           Do you collect anything? If so, what?

Musto:             Dust. But also Playbills, kitsch art pieces. And ‘80s fashion.

Fierth:            Do you have any obsessions right now?

Musto:             Celebrity memoirs.

Fierth:           What are you reading right now ?

Musto:             Dick Van Dyke‘s memoirs

Fierth:            What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?

Musto:             I lost five cell phones in one year once. It was so painful.

Fierth:           If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?

Musto:             The entire Liz Taylor collection.

Fierth:           What is your guilty pleasure?

Musto:             My whole life.

Fierth:           What is your greatest extravagance?

Musto:             I tip well.

Fierth:           Where is your favorite place to lunch?

Musto:             Reservoir Cafe

Fierth:            What is your favorite dessert ?

Musto:             Apple pie a la mode

Fierth:            What makes you angry ?

Musto:             Lies, trickery, and ineptitude

Fierth:            Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?

Musto:            Yes. Lots of support and a little Neurontin.

Fierth:             Which places have you traveled to that you feel had changed your perspective of the world ?

Musto:            Iceland, Russia, Thailand —all eye opening.  Also theHamptons!

Fierth:           What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?

Musto:             Read my work.

Fierth:            Do you believe in karma?

Musto:             Karma doesn’t work, unfortunately. Lots of horrible people are still around and doing fine.

Fierth:            How about reincarnation ?

Musto:             I don’t believe in it. Everyone that does says they used to be Cleopatra. No one was ever a chambermaid. How can everyone on earth have been Cleopatra?

Fierth:          You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose and why?

Musto:              Obama. To taste power and realize it’s not all that.

Fierth:              Lets do a word association quick fire , I’m going to say a word , tell me the first thing that comes to mind:          

Musto:

Bitch-Cunt

Money-Gorgeous

Love-Lies

Unique-Same

Power-More

Hate-Why?

Moist-Towelette

Sex-God

Dirt-Gossip

God-Scam

Cozy-Boring

Fame-Fleeting

Funny-Subjective

Best-Sex

Good-Sex

Bad-Lady Antebellum

Worst-Bad Sex

Me-Puddins

Fierth:          What do you think about and are the first three things you do first after waking up in the morning?

Musto:             I start thinking about Oscar nominations. Then I shower, look at email, and make coffee.

Fierth:          What do you daydream about? 

Musto:             Cute guys.

Fierth:            What is your “ Safety Word”?

Musto:             Stop!

Fierth:           Are you a morning or night person ?

Musto:             Both

Fierth:           What were you doing last night at Midnight?

Musto:             Being forced to watch Braxton Family Values by a friend

Fierth:             Who was the last person you talked to last night before you went to bed?

Musto:             That same friend. Might be our last conversation.

Fierth:            Which stars, if any leave you star struck?

Musto:             Garbo and Dietrich

Fierth:            Who are your main inspirations?

Musto:             Diana Ross and the Supremes

Fierth:            Who do you have your eye on right now ?

Musto:             Sir Honey Davenport

Fierth:           Whom do you despise?

Musto:             I’m saving that for a book.

Fierth:          Which celebrity do you suspect is actually a hologram? 

Musto:             Justin Bieber

Fierth:            If you could choose a superhero power, What would it be, And how would you use it.

[ Invisibility- Ability to Fly- Super Strength– Read Peoples Mind’s- Elasticity- Super Stamina ]

 Musto:             Invisibility. I’d sneak into Republicans’ bedrooms and take pictures (with an invisible camera)

Fierth:           What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this month?

Musto:             Paid to see a movie.

Fierth:            My generation was …

Musto:            Not superficial.

Fierth:           The kids today …

Musto:            Are the best ever. They have access to way more info that my generation ever did.

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Fierth:        What’s something about yourself that no one knows?

Musto:             I ain’t telling you that!

Fierth:          Ever had a rumor spread about you?

Musto:             Yes. That I was hit by a car. It actually helped my career and love life.

Fierth:           What is the worst advice you have ever gotten ?

Musto:             “Go see the new Tilda Swinton movie. You’ll love it.”

Fierth:            Leave us a quote to carry on with :

Musto:             “But you are, Blanche!”

Fierth:                        How can we find out more about you :

Twitter: @mikeymusto  

Facebook: HERE

 

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