Fierth i-ON Interview with Michael Musto
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..
Fierth: What is your name?
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 ?
Fierth: How would your best friend describe you?
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Musto: Withdrawn.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 ?
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:
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”?
Fierth: Are you a morning or night person ?
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.
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 :
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