8 Questions with Rob Hart
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Which talent would you most like to have?
I want to make ice cream, and get good enough at it that I can mess around with styles and flavor combinations. I like to cook and I’m pretty good at it, but I work best when I can improvise and eyeball stuff, whereas ice cream takes much more precision, and a good bit of knowledge of the science. That’s something I’m working on now; I just got a new ice cream maker and I’m waiting on a bunch of ingredients and books about the subject.
What is your most treasured possession?
When I was in third or fourth grade I won this ridiculous porcelain horse—a black stallion reared up on its hind legs—in a penny raffle. I had been trying to win a Nintendo or something, and put all my tickets in for that, and found myself with one extra ticket and threw it in for the horse. Of course I won the horse. It’s ridiculous, it’s highly fragile. I’ve already had to superglue one of the hooves back on after it broke off in a move. But I just love the stupid thing.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I’m not sure it exists. And maybe that’s a good thing. If you’re perfectly happy and content, what else is there left to do?
What is your motto?
The work gets done or it doesn’t, and I like it when the work gets done.
How would you like to die?
Unexpectedly and painlessly. Hopefully not for a while.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?
I’m not sure I want to come back. As long as I don’t die anytime soon, one run through this strikes me as pretty good. I’m curious to see what’s on the other side. If I was forced to come back as something—maybe a tree.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Humility, specifically when it veers into false territory. It’s okay to be proud of the things you did, and I don’t encourage anyone to have a raging, stomping ego, but there’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your accomplishments.
What is your current state of mind?
I’m in full bore work mode. Finishing a new book, looking to start another one soon, with a few other projects kicking around. It’s the distraction I need from the world being on fire.