109: Meet Philip Martin

Philip Martin's been everywhere, man, but he keeps coming back to LR.


1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Philip Martin; Chief Movie Critic, MovieStyle editor, Columnist at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, monkey in nose cone at blood, dirt & angels; I’ve lived in Little Rock since 1989, with 14 months off from Halloween 1991 to February 1992 (though I watched the Little Rock on TV during the 1992 presidential campaign); we live in Hillcrest.

2. What do you think has been the best album to come out of Little Rock? Lot of good ones, including the Gunbunnies record, the Big Cats, Trusty, Ho Hum’s oeuvre, but if pushed I’m going to say Kevin Kerby’s Apostles’ Tongues. (It’s not false modesty that kept me from mentioning my own Gastonia.)

3. It's a Sunday -- what's on your agenda? Up at 6:00, out for a run at 7:00, then gym or golf, then walking our terriers — Paris, Dublin & Audi — over the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, around Argenta, back over the Junction Bridge and into the River Market. Then we might get lunch in the River Market or take the dogs to Sonic.

4. Finish this sentence: My job is awesome because...writing is still the only from of telepathy we’ve been able to come up with. I have great platforms, and carte blanche to write about pretty much whatever I want to write about. Plus I get to work with Karen Martin, the best editor I’ve ever had.

5. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? The Capital Hotel Bar,  Big Orange, Bossa Nova, Red Door, The Art Center. We took Andrei Codrescu to Mount Holly Cemetery and he wrote about it.

Read Philip's thoughts on this week's Little Rock Film Festival events and other pop culture musings at his blog, blooddirtandangels.com.