Liz Appleby, a contributing writer at Highbrow Magazine, is originally from the North East of England. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she moved to London where she has lived since 2003. She works as a freelance writer, researcher and consultant in the creative and digital media industries. Liz has written extensively about the arts, including articles on the late John Cage, Public Enemy, and David Hockney.
Q & A With Liz:
What inspired you to become a writer?
I read lots of nonfiction, mainly arts and culture related. I decided writing would allow me to delve in to the subjects I wanted to know more about.
Who are a few of your favorite authors/photographers/artists/journalists?
Artists: (music) Steve Reich, Theo Parrish, Gil Scott Heron, Liquid Liquid, LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear (to name a few).
What’s the worst job/assignment you’ve ever had?
I worked in a factory for four days when I was 15 in the school holidays. It taught me that I couldn’t do a job just for the money.
Which is your favorite city in the U.S.?
Only visited New York so far and I loved it. I was determined I wanted to move there when I finished college and live in a warehouse apartment. Instead I moved to Auckland, New Zealand and lived in a warehouse, not quite the same, but fun nonetheless.
What’s your all-time favorite film?
Citizen Kane or À bout de soufflé.
Which newspapers/magazines/websites do you read regularly?
Highbrow Magazine, New Yorker, n+1, Wallpaper, NY Times, LA Times, The Quietus, Its Nice That, Pitchfork, The Wire, The Guardian, Observer, Granta.
Would you rather become the next editor-in-chief of the New Yorker or replace Jon Stewart as host of the “Daily Show”?
Editor-in-Chief of the New Yorker.
What are your favorite “highbrow” pastimes?
Going to the Proms and listening to avant-garde music is as highbrow as I go.
I also love taking the family dog to the beach at home in the north, going to exhibitions, drinking flat whites, finding new cafes to write from, eating out, getting to gigs where possible, traveling, seeing friends and reading and listening to podcasts lots.
Photos: Wikipedia Commons; E. Calamar (Flickr, Creative Commons).