Jaime Fountaine’s amazing Len and Ernie appears in the April issue. She gets down with us, talking about singing for supper, long lost pals, and the best things that aren’t so easy.
1. Are halves still important to you?
Halves are more important than wholes, because you can see whatâ€™s missing almost as clearly as you do whatâ€™s there.
2. What do you do to “sing for your supper”?
Iâ€™m a barista, which seems to be equal parts coffee, therapy, and stand-up comedy.
3. Is sometimes what’s best not the easiest?
Almost always. Unless weâ€™re talking about stovetop macaroni and cheese, and then, really, all you need is in the box already. The butter and milk are just a suggestion, although I personally like to add frozen peas.
4. How did you go about constructing “Len and Ernie”?
Like Len himself, â€œLen and Ernieâ€ grew out of the front of Ernie DeFort, a little boy whose picture was taken seventy-odd years ago as a sweet, smiling child whose spare limbs threatened to overwhelm him.
5. If you’ll be my bodyguard, can I be your long lost pal?
Al? Is that you? I lost all of my phone numbers. Iâ€™d been hoping t hear from you. We should get a beer sometime. Catch up.
6. What intangible thing would you like to surgically remove?