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Feature Mon Oct 11 2010

Answers and Questions: Daniel Kraus

Answers and Questions is a biweekly column that asks Chicago writers to remember the funniest or strangest things they've been asked in a question-and-answer session, during a talk, or in an interview.

Daniel Kraus, the author of 2009 novel The Monster Variations, makes realistic, cinéma vérité documentaries for his Work series, feature-length films that each follow one person doing his job -- his most recent, Professor, is about University of Iowa Jewish-studies professor Jay Holstein. But at times he veers into the realm of fantasy, like when answering this question from a fan:

"Would you rather be a vampire or a unicorn?"

I said unicorn, because I'm sick of vampires. But then I was informed that the correct answer was "vampicorn." I can't win.

Kraus's second book, Rotters -- a tale of adolescence and grave robbing -- comes out in April 2011.

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