Saturday, November 7, 2009

Skinny Bastard?

Interview with Rory Freedman, Author of Skinny Bastard

Rory Freedman, photo by Ariel Sinson

How did you change the Rory Freedman, photo by Ariel Sinsondelivery of your message for a male audience in Skinny Bastard?

What’s good for the bitch is good for the bastard, so basically, the men get the same tough love, straight talk, and compelling info the women get in Skinny Bitch. They also get male-specific bonus info about the prostate, erectile dysfunction, muscle-building, and how diet effects all three! (And I’m not gonna lie: there are multiple hilarious euphemisms for wang-doodles and jis in the book. We’re talking laugh-out-loud funny.)

What do you say to men who equate manliness and physical strength to eating a meaty diet?

Get with the times! There are professional athletes in every sport who are fueling their bodies with plant-based diets. Meat is high in cholesterol, fat, and saturated fat and can cause cancer! Carl Lewis, one of the greatest athletes of all time said the year he adopted a veg diet was his best year ever on the track.

What would you cook up for a skeptical non-skinny bastard to show him eating healthy and vegan is hot?

Vegan food is so amazing; there is something for every palate. There are vegan “meat” and potatoes-type meals that taste exactly like the real thing; exotic, ethnic foods; gourmet, high-end cuisine; and everything in between. So whatever a man’s favorite dish is, it can easily be veganized!

If you could share one tip with our readers what would it be?

Start somewhere! You don’t have to go vegan overnight, but today, pledge to change something! Pick a date in the very near future, make a challenging but attainable goal, and start planning for it. For example, take a 30-day veg pledge—dedicate yourself to trying one meat-free month. Don’t be a pussy! You’ve likely eaten meat your whole life but never tried being a vegetarian. Give it a rip! It’s just 30 days!

What are you working on now?

Vacation plans! Five books in five years (plus three workout DVDs) is a lot. I’m ready to unplug for a few months and recharge my batteries. There’s nothing like being in a new place around new people experiencing new things to get creative again.

Channeling the genius of James Lipton from Inside The Actor’s Studio, we would like to ask you a few of his famous interview questions:

What is your favorite word?

What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
What sound or noise do you love?
The little clippety sound of my dogs’ nails on the floor when they’re playing.
What sound or noise do you hate?
My own voice, when I’m talking too much or complaining.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
80’s aerobics instructor!
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You did it! You veganized the whole world!


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