Five Minutes with Nicole Lam

  What is the strangest object you own?

Every now and then, depending on my temptation, a jar full of yellow Skittles. Or perhaps even more strangely, another jar (or a zip locked bag) of all the other unwanted Skittle flavours.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

My dancing will never be fully realised until I am reincarnated as a male Bird of Paradise. But who can resist living life as a sea otter, with friendship hand holding and a stone buddy for life.

What book do you pretend to have read to sound smart?

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest - that novel is so gigantic, if I want to take it on my daily commute, I have to carry it in my hands. Does that make me look smart too?

What book is closest to you right now?

Matt Zoller Seitz's The Wes Anderson Collection. It is the most beautiful and satisfying book to peruse (talking about those double page spreads of perfectly symmetrical film shots!) The interview between Seitz and Anderson takes us into the mind of this quirky director-producer-writer. I want to adopt Wes' creative intelligence.

What do you do when you aren't writing?

I'm currently trying to build my film database, both in viewing and reading (screenplays). The eighty seven or so year long list of Academy Award nominees is the first starting point.

Favourite picture of an animal?