Occupation: Film Guy, directed Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Poison, Safe, and Velvet Goldmine
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5'10 1/2"
Fave Food: Unsulfured, dried apricots
Fave song at this moment: "She's Your Lover Now" by Bob Dylan
Best Friends: Cindy, Cammy, and Teeny
Are you good at anything besides making movies? I'm good at puppy love. And people have been really into my paintings. I did one that's on the cover of a Will Oldham CD called Ode Music. People seem to really like that.
Would you ever date a fan? Yeah! Bring 'em on.
Dream Date: Me and some totally groovy, scruffy art boy exploring the Gorge and all the waterfalls. That would be totally romantic.
Fave dead actor/actress: Bette Davis, James Stewart
What are you working on next? A big splashy melodrama. We're not filming it until next summer, but that's what I wrote when I first came out to Portland.
What do you love about Portland? I've just met the best people here. I've met one shockingly smart, interesting, weird, cool person after the next. I go to concerts and the audiences are so enthusiastic!
What's your most embarrassing moment? It was at a Miramax party and these people from across the room thought I was Beck, which was extremely flattering. But as I walk past them, the woman turns to the man and goes, "Yeah, Beck in 40 years."
Hottie zine creator! Rebecca Gilbert
Occupation: Zine creator and director of the IPRC, a non-profit dedicated to assisting self-published authors
Best Talent: Ability to take a nap anywhere
Sign: Taurus, which means I'm earthbound and creative, but also nit-picky and detail-oriented.
Do you have a boyfriend? Yes, and he's cute! He's from Ohio!
What do you like best about him? He's good at playing music. He's smart. He looks good in black Carhartt's.
Do you have a pet? Yes! A pet frog. It's an African Dwarf Frog, named Millie. She's fully aquatic, which means she lives underwater. I had another frog named Arthur, who we thought was pregnant, but it turned out he was sick, and he died.
Fave Drink: Mountain Dew. I love the color and it makes me feel funny. Tough boys drink it when they're swimming in the river.
Upcoming Projects: Still working on my zine Verboslammed, which is about women adventurers. The second issue of Napcore will be out in a couple of months, which you can get at Reading Frenzy.
What's your most embarrassing moment? It was my first day of school in the 4th grade, and I was living in England. The teacher asked me who was the President of the United States, and I said, "Jimmy Carter." But it was really Ronald Reagan, and all the kids laughed at me because they knew more about American politics than the dumb American girl.
Any advice for kids still in school? Yes. Try to get access to the school's photocopier.
Hottie musician! Brooke Crouser
Occupation: Musician, plays Fender Rhodes piano for the Swords Project (see their dreamy pin-up on page 15!). For the purposes of this interview, Brooke chose to channel her alter-ego, the very unpleasant Charter Oaks.
Sign: Peace, love, and fuckin' togetherness
Birthplace: In a crossfire hurricane
Eye color: Look at the fuckin' photo!
Fave Color: Inner-pink
Fave Food: Naked chicks and pizza
Fave Drink: 750 ml of liquid awesome!
Who's your fave boy band? The Stooges.
What do you look for in a date? Lead mother-fuckin' guitar.
Do you have any hobbies? I make life-sized cardboard Jesus cutouts. And I got a burnt spoon collection. I burn 'em to resemble faces of the presidents.
Any new projects you're working on? I'm starting a rock rag staffed by shitless scenester lay-abouts who have no journalistic experience.
Quotable Quote: I've seen a million faces and I've rocked them all!
Hottie lawyer! Brent Foster
Occupation: Public interest environmental attorney, works for non-profit environmental groups-- mainly on forest and habitat protection issues
Sign: Aquarius. Every time I tell people I'm an Aquarius, they say, "Oh, well that figures." But I've no idea what they mean.
Eye Color: Sea blue
Hair Color: Sandy blond
Fave breakfast food: Pancakes
Fave boy band: Neil Young
That's not a boy band! Oh, what's a boy band?
Oh, you know, like the Backstreet Boys or 'N Sync. Well then, Hanson for sure.
What's it like hanging out with lawyers? I actually like most lawyers I meet. A lot are working on social causes for free or for very little little money. Ask anyone who's been arrested for civil disobedience, and they're gonna find that lawyers can have a pretty important role.
So you think lawyers are underappreciated? I think many lawyers are overpaid, and that there's a whole different class of lawyers who are unpaid--mainly the ones who are representing the poor and non-influential people in the world.
What's your most embarrassing moment? God, there's so many to choose from. I guess I would say the day I reached puberty and realized I didn't know everything.
Is law school anything like high school? There are still good parties, there are still lots of excuses for procrastination, and a bigger debt once you're done.
Do you have a girlfriend? Yes. And when she sees this I may be in deep shit... No, just kidding.
Hottie musician, artist, writer, record store employee! Eric Mast
Age: 25 or 26, I'm not sure.... Oh wait, no, 25.
Hair color: Chocolate brown
Eye color: Hazel
Fave food: Sushi, specifically eel. Eels are so cute, it just makes me want to eat them.
Current projects: I do visual art, I make electronic music for a couple different projects. I have a record label, Audio Dregs, with a few bands. Supersprite's the band I play in, but I'm more of a supporting character than a band member. I usually play the groove box. I also have a zine as well. It's called thumb and it's focused on experimental kind of stuff, mostly melodics.
Fave boy band and why: Menudo, because they have big puffy stickers. My friend and I would always joke about trading our Menudo puffy sticker collection. Whenever one of us wanted something, we'd say "I'll give it to you if you trade a Menudo sticker," and that person would always get it.
What's your most embarrassing moment? The thing about being embarassed, is that if you don't act like you're embarassed then no one really cares.
So you've never been embarrassed? Well, no. There was that one time... actually, I probably shouldn't mention it. Never mind.
What qualities do you most like in women? Sincerity, sense of humor, health. Spontaneity.
What's your perfect date? Riding a scooter and having breakfast in the afternoon. But I don't go on a lot of dates.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't know if I'm going to grow up. Maybe I would be doing what I'm doing now, only actually making money.