Each week, Celtic Life International invites readers to go behind the scenes and meet those who make our magazine possible. This week we profile Managing Editor Stephen Patrick Clare.
NAME: Stephen Patrick Clare
HOMETOWN: Montréal, Quebec. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia these days.
CELTIC CONNECTION: By birth I am Italian and French. However, both of my (adoptive) parents are of Irish heritage. My father’s side also has Welsh connections.
HOBBIES: Travel, reading, learning, cuisine, health, making music, sports (F1, Montreal Canadiens, NY Yankees).
HEROES: Any and all cancer survivors – I’ve been there, done that. Also, Muhammad Ali, Jean Beliveau, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Joe Strummer, Henry Rollins, my mother (Joan) and father (Ken), and my children Dylan and Sofia.
BEST CHARACTER ASSET: I always get what I want.
WORST CHARACTER DEFECT: I always get what I want.
PET PEEVE: Ignorance, especially my own.
FAVE FOOD(S): Italian & French.
FAVE MUSICAL ARTIST(S): Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson, Chopin, The Clash, Ben Webster, Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, Duke Ellington, Ghost, U2, Nina Simone, Rush, Debussy, Sonny Rollins, The Replacements, Coheed & Cambria, Kamasi Washington…jazz, blues, funk, punk, metal, gospel and opera.
FAVE MOVIES(S): Cinema Paradiso, Betty Blue, The Lives of Others, Goodfellas.
FAVE TV SHOW(S): Mad Men, Gomorra, Drive to Survive, Family Guy, MASH.
FAVE BOOK(S): Trinity (Leon Uris), On the Road (Jack Kerouac), L’Etranger (Albert Camus), Skinny Legs and All (Tom Robbins), For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway), Lines on the Water (David Adams Richards), Post Office (Charles Bukowski), Une Saison en Enfer (Arthur Rimbaud), Zen Guitar (Philip Toshio Sudo). Biographies are my favourite genre.
FAVE PLACE(S) TO TRAVEL: Italy, Paris, Northern Ireland, Barbados, Montréal, Charleston, Wales, NYC.
TRAVEL BUCKET LIST: Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Brazil, Prague, New Orleans.
GUILTY PLEASURE(S): My BMW. I have a pretty cool guitar collection going also.
BEEN WITH CELTIC LIFE SINCE: January of 2012.
BEST PART OF THE JOB: The people I work with, and hearing from our readers.
WORST PART OF THE JOB: The hours. As a family-run business, we have a small staff and the multi-tasking is endless.
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: About the craft of writing, Farley Mowat once told me to “Sit yer’ arse down boy and go to work…”