Random Truths About… James Toth of Wooden Wand

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1. What’s the first piece of music you listened to today?
Gate – The Lavender Head – still one of my favorite pieces of music.

2. What are your vices?
Magick and medicine

3. What is one of your prejudices?
I find lifer potheads, bad drivers, rich anarchists, and metermaids all equally detestable.

4. In what way do you think music has the ability to change the way people live their lives?
Music as escapism = ecstasy + joy

5. At what age did you first feel distrust?
I still trust blindly.

6. Do you think that your name is appropriate for you? (If not, what name would be more appropriate?)
I’ve heard that my Christian name roughly translates to "follower of Death," which is rather unpleasant. But probably appropriate.

7. What is the best piece of music you’ve ever created, in your opinion?
I have yet to create any music I am completely satisfied with on all counts, but I believe that the WWVV albums XIAO and Gipsy Freedom were both thematically and conceptually perfect and I’m very proud of them.

8. Right now, how are you trying to change yourself?
Through discipline, as always

9. If you had the time, what else would you do?
Learn to weld.

10. What social cause do you feel the most strongly about (negative or positive)?
I vehemently oppose vivisection, income tax, and the Patriot Act, and I believe strongly in private gun ownership without restriction.

11. What are your fears?
Spiders and space

12. What is your favorite joke (tasteful or tasteless)?
I’ll tell my father’s favorite joke instead:

A horse walks into a bar. Bartender says, "Hey buddy, why the long face?"

13. Who is your favorite author?
Lately, Michel Houellebecq, Rennie Sparks, Eddie Bunker, Charles Baudelaire, Aleister Crowley

14. What is your favorite movie?
Paper Moon, The Holy Mountain, the first three Dirty Harry movies, and almost anything starring Mickey Rourke or directed by Abel Ferrara, John Milius or David Cronenberg

15. Favorite album(s) from the last few years?
Too many to count, but, off the top of my head, Scott Walker’s The Drift, Om’s Conference of the Birds, Alexander Tucker’s Old Fog, Tetuzi Akiyama’s Don’t Forget To Boogie, all Howling Hex. 

16. What would you like to know more about?
Gunsmithing, Locksmithing, God

17. What is one thing you would like to do/see/accomplish before you die?
Stock response but wholly truthful: have children.

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