An Interview with Myself

The idea behind this interview came from my recent reading of a newly published interview by Eduardo Lago with David Foster Wallace. I am not sure why I was so interested in this interview.

If interviewing yourself is somehow wrong, I apologize from the bottom of my heart.

CL: Cameron Lamoureux, thank you for being with me today, as well as everyday, I value your time over everything else. What brings you to the studio today?

CL: In all honesty Cameron, I’ve gotten rather bored is all. Nothing particular about today or any other day has brought me here. I am here though, so let’s start with that.

CL: It’s certainly been a long time since we’ve talked, what have you been up to? I hear you’ve recently started studying English Literature in your hometown at the University of Ottawa.

CL: Yes, I just started and it’s been great for the most part. Throughout the past couple of months I’ve developed a much greater appreciation for where I was born, who I am; being Canadian, not knowing my place. I seem to have woken up to the ideas or facts dealing with my identity while simultaneously embracing them.

CL: What exactly do you mean by that? 

CL: I’m not completely sure. It’s almost as though I woke up and realized “I am a Canadian.” I don’t necessarily have a place in the world that I’ve fallen in love with over the past couple years; the world of Literature. I think it’s a very Canadian problem: not knowing who you are. I am an amalgamation of all that has come before me and it has taken me 18 and something years to realize that. It’s ludicrous to think about how obvious this has been my entire life. Maybe I’ve realized this before some people, or lots of people, but I try not to think about that too much.

CL: And why is that?

CL: I get very easily caught up living a life other people want me to live. I become dissociated from myself. There is no point in getting ahead of anyone else when the only person I am playing against is myself. If the price to pay for getting ahead in this game is losing one’s self, I am having none of it.

CL: If you don’t mind, I’d like to return to my original question: what’s been going on in your life? What does your day-to-day look like?

CL: It varies. I’ve been working on schoolwork a lot. I’m currently taking a Digital Humanities course which requires me to do some coding here and there: I’ve started coding HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I find it really interesting and useful for my blog. I also work as a Barista at Starbucks a couple days a week. And I’ve been reading lots, some books being school-related, others not. To name a few: Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace; Dune, Frank Herbert; Who Do You Think You Are? and Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro; Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood; Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Stephen Leacock; Prisoner’s Dilemma, William Poundstone; Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman. Apart from those I’ve become slightly obsessed with the notion of Classics: books, music, art, philosophy. I can sense that I’m becoming somewhat of a prick so I’m trying to put a stop to that. There is a lot more to read—and experience—in life than Classics. I’ve also been intrigued by the fantasy genre much more lately. Particularly Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin; the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien; The Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake and The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker. I digress. Back to your question, my day-to-day goes something like this: wake, meditate, eat, shower, write/read/code, bus to school (listen to podcasts or read during the commute), go to class, bus home, spend the evening relaxing/with loved ones.

I’d like to pick up some new hobbies though. Drawing, chess and poker being the main three. I may be getting ahead of myself.

CL: That seems like a rather relaxed schedule for a University student. Are you enjoying it?

CL: Very much. Possibly too much, next semester is going to be a lot busier class-wise. Nonetheless I’m really looking forward to kicking it up a notch.

CL: Well Cameron I’m afraid that’s all the time we’ve got today. Thank you so much for your time. It’s worth more than  you’ll ever know. Where can our eager readers learn more about yourself?

CL: You can reach me on Twitter and Instagram @cam_lamoureux. I’ve also recently created a Goodreads profile under the same username where you can see all the books that I’m reading and would like to read in the future. And last but not least,

CL: Thank you Cameron.

CL: Thank you, Cameron.

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