You have an impressive amount of stuff here. Do you collect anything in particular?
I collect photography books and magazines. Wolfgang Tillmans whom everybody loves has been one of my favorites from a while ago.(laugh) I haven’t been able to accumulate all of the issues of <Butt>, which is a magazine for gay men and has now stopped publishing, so I’m trying to collect the missing ones from ebay. I also collect <Apartamento>, <System> and the Japanese <Popeye> magazine, which I find them less fun now but still collect them as a habit. Sometimes I buy ones with great covers despite what’s in it or not. I think covers are the most important factor when it comes to magazines. I mean, it’s the work of one of the best photographers, the best designers, finished with the copy of one of the best editors of today, so it should be thought of a piece of art.
How do you spend your time off?
I’ve always watched a lot of movies. And now that I watch them on IPTV, I don’t need to head out to rent DVDs anymore. On weekends I just lie down and watch three or so movies straight in a row like watching TV series. I’ve worked as a film critic for many years so I still host movie-related events like GVs(guest visits). I can’t quit movies and since they were a big part of me from an early age, they won’t ever disappear from my life.
Do you cook often at home?
I once had fun cooking but now the most effort I would make would be kimchi-fried rice. Rather though, everytime I order delivery food I replace them on nice plates before I eat, admitting to myself how it elevates my satisfaction for life and ego.(laugh) I think every little details of life matters big time. You don’t have to own a lot of things to live well, but it’s more about how you discover and appreciate the little things. And occasionally you should make bold purchases, like a tiny plate that costs as much as a few hundred dollars. I think rewarding yourself with at least that much of a luxury from time to time is quite necessary in life.