Kimberly Lojewski brings us in the February issue of PANK “An Arctic Mirage Sounds A Lot Like Rusty Crickets“. Â She talks with us today about narwhals, sacrifice, and Â pageantry Â in warm places.
1. Would a lot of rusty crickets sound like an arctic mirage?
2. I noticed you are a fellow Floridian (I’m in Orlando). Â What kind of research did you do to ensure the authenticity of “An Arctic Mirage Sounds A Lot Like Rusty Crickets”?
I Â met a throat singer in Newfoundland and became Â fascinated by Inuit culture. It is so different from what I am familiar with that it is Â easy, probably too easy, Â to imagine things. Â My fidelity to the actual culture is Â tenuous at best. Â They don’t Â drink Â screech and jump through the ice on any regular basis. The real Â version of the Arctic Games Â does not include narwhal beauty pageants. I Â did read everything I could find on the hunting practices and listened to a lot of sound bites. Â Paul Nicklen just put out an amazing photography book Â full of his rare and wonderful experiences searching for narwhals.
3. How would you evoke intangible forces to aid you?
In theory, something cool like dancing in the swamps on moony nights. In practice, I am a big fan of stumbling, blind luck.
4. What price are you willing to pay for ultimate success?
I have a temperamental, old pick-up truck that I think would make a very nice trade. I would sacrifice it in the blink of an eye.
5. What do you think the Caribbean Queen competition would consist of? Â What would those contestants have to hunt?
I just keep picturing cruise ships of oiled up people on holiday. It would be Â a bloodbath of gaudy jewelry and aging hormones hunting for money-stinking mates. My animal kingdom choice would be Snow Monkeys. They are my new favorite animal and it is Â an ethically sound plan. Â They would be very hard to catch if the contestants had to shoot their rifles all the way to Japan.