- Joe Sacco
We had a pretty serious conversation about terrorism, writing and history, but I also had to know why a globe-trotting journalist star with a Maltese passport and a partly-Australian upbringing wound up in Portland. From the interview:
I'm wondering why you decided to live in Portland. You went to high school here, but why stay?
Well, I didn't stay. I've actually moved away a number of times. I lived in New York, I lived in Europe a couple of times, I lived back in LA. I've moved around quite a lot. But I came back about six years ago or maybe seven years ago to finish this book. Because I was living in Europe at the time and I was thinking, "What's the next city I want to live in?" I just needed to be in a place where I know I can work and I will have as many distractions as I want, not too few necessarily—it's not like New York where you're just distracted endlessly. Portland's a place where you can hear yourself think.
I like that answer. I find it true in my life, too.
Cut from the final interview: in addition to enjoying the space to think, Sacco appreciates the culture that Portland's weather creates... namely a lot of good bookstores and beer.