Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Sam Chapin

Sam Chapin


Sam Chapin hails from Vermont but resides in Brooklyn, NY, and spends much of his free time playing with his dog and writing. He is currently co-orchestrating a musical that he wrote and is working at an off-Broadway theater in the Village. He is getting married next year and is very excited.


Q & A With Sam:


What inspired you to become a writer?

I’m not sure what inspired me to become a writer. If I had to guess, it would be watching old episodes of SNL and reading really bad mystery novels as a kid.


Who are a few of your favorite authors?

My favorite authors tend to have pretty flawed protagonists and narrators. Graham Greene and Hemingway are the first two that spring to mind.



What’s the worst job/assignment you’ve ever had?

My worst job has nothing to do with writing—I used to work the nightshift at a cheap burger joint in Brooklyn where the customers were drunk, angry, and exceptionally hungry.


Which is your favorite city in the U.S.?

It’s a little cliché, but New York City. It’s where I live, so I’m a little biased.



What’s your all-time favorite film?

Always impossible to answer, but There Will Be Blood is up there. I also really liked Midnight In Paris. And Aladdin.


Which newspapers/magazines/websites do you read regularly?

The Huffington Post is pretty great. It’s the lazy man’s periodical as it samples all the magazines and newspapers on the Web and gives it to me in an easy-to-digest serving.



Would you rather become the next editor-in-chief of the New Yorker or replace Jon Stewart as host of the “Daily Show”?

Absolutely replace Jon Stewart. I would have no idea how to run a magazine, but I could make some jokes (granted, not as well, and probably more awkwardly than Mr. Stewart).


What are your favorite “highbrow” pastimes?

Drinking wine and betting on dog races. Okay, just drinking wine.


Read a few of Sam’s articles below:


Will the Real Nicolas Cage Please Stand Up?


Who Remembers Global Warming?


Enough Already: The Rise of Lackluster Sequels

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