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8-Ball: Ralph Lemon

The artist recently took a moment to answer some of life’s most—and possibly least—pressing questions.

What’s your most vivid memory from childhood?

Receiving a metal motorboat made out of military meal cans, bought on a street somewhere in Korea; a gift from my father, returning from that war.

If you could ask one question to every person on Earth, what would it be?

Is joyfulness unbecoming?

What is your favorite film scene?

The cock crashing through the windowpane in Tarkovsky’s The Mirror.

What’s the last (or favorite) book you read?

On Bullfighting by A. L. Kennedy

If you could have any job/career, what would you choose?

Temporarily, I’d like to be a neuroscientist, studying fear.

What’s your favorite place to people-watch?

The Medina Market in Accra, Ghana.

What are you obsessing about these days?

That we have only one president at a time.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

At the moment, I need a haircut.