Jhelisa Taylor

What’s your favourite activity?

Reading, baking, listening to music, making lists, RPGing (D&D 4th edition!) watching films, gaming, discovering interesting articles and studying, and as many at the same time as possible. Oh! And collecting things – especially comics, notebooks, wine and pretty crockery (^.^

Recommend me a song I may not have heard!

Drinking Again and Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair  – Dinah Washington
It’s Only A Paper Moon – Ella Fitzgerald
Mood Indigo – Nina Simone
Shame On You – Peggy Lee

Recommend me a prose book I may not have read!

My favourite book is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, probably followed by Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov or The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald – chances are, if it’s a bildungsroman, I’ll like it. Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov is a lovely novel, as is The Stranger by Albert Camus.

What’s your favourite poem?

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Tennyson is a childhood favourite;
And the days are not full enough by Ezra Pound is simple and thoughtful;
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley is beautiful; and
L’Idéal  by Charles Baudelaire is surreal and wistful in both French and English.

Whom do you love?


Whom do you despise?


Who makes you laugh?

Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Stephen, Alan Partridge, Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker, Warren Ellis, Wallace Wells, Stitch, Jon Stewart

Whom do you admire?

Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, Lady Macbeth (to a certain extent) and Spider Jerusalem – if he was a real person I would put him in a sack and run away.

What do you most regret?

Wasting time worrying about things I have no control over.

Which qualities do you least admire in yourself?

Ignorance is the main one, I think.

Who has the best voice in the world?

Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, David Bowie, Louis Armstrong and Joni Mitchell I could listen to all day and be content.

Who’s the best looker?

Dave Gahan (post-drug addict years) and Joan Holloway. Possibly William Reid circa 1985. Oh! And Kiki.

What’s your favourite graphic novel?

Mother, Come Home – Paul Hornschemeier
Gemma Bovery – Posy Simmonds
A Tale Of One Bad Rat – Bryan Talbot
Azumanga Daioh – Kiyohiko Azuma
Batman: Thrillkiller – Dan Brereton
The Ballad of Halo Jones – Alan Moore
Phonogram Singles Club – Kieron Gillan & Jamie McKelvie
Transmetropolitan – Warren Ellis
Astro City: Tarnished Angel – Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel

What will you be doing next?

Making tea and scones, then reading many books and books about books, as well as improving my shoddy French skills. Avez-vous un cuppa?

Tell me a secret about life!

If a cat ever steals your soul, you’ll get it back – it takes some time is all.