Trey Bundy is a reporter at The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit media outlet in San Francisco, where for the last two years he has written stories for the Bay Area section of The New York Times. His beat is kids: child, welfare, juvenile justice, education and crime. In 2009, he won the national William Randolph Hearst award for Article of the Year. That story, “Higher Education,” followed a pair of homeless, heroin-addicted, straight-A college students for four months as they struggled to stay in school and stay loaded. His work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Planet magazine and Razorcake magazine. Before becoming a reporter he worked for more than 10 years as a residential treatment counselor with children from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Prior to that he earned his living as a dishwasher, cook, bartender, copy clerk, lighting technician and punk rock musician.
Thanks to Trey’s friend and band mate, Jimmy Duhig from The Bar Feeders, for the nomination!
1. What is your hometown?
Born in Atlanta. Grew up in Napa. Lived in San Francisco since 1990. San Francisco is home.
2. With what fictional character do you most identify?
3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.
Mark Hamill, before he wrapped his Corvette around a telephone pole and smashed his face.
4. What work of art speaks to your soul?
Just about anything George Carlin ever said.
5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?
“Dreams from the Monster Factory” by Sunny Schwartz. “Where Men Win Glory” by Jon Krakauer. One is about prisoners in life. The other is about a prisoner in death.
6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?
How about bands? Rolling Stones. Thelonious Monk. Muddy Waters.
7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?
What’s the last movie that didn’t? I cry at the movies all the time.
8. Cat person or dog person?
I’m allergic to cats. I think if cats were people everyone would hate them. Cats have lousy personalities and can’t be counted on. I know some people are very close to their cats, and I wouldn’t argue with them. But I do hate it when people tell me that I would like *their* cat. They’re always wrong. I wouldn’t. Dogs are great, maybe better than people.
9. What is more important, truth or kindness?
What good is kindness without truth? Isn’t that what you get when you pay for a hooker?
10. How do you define sin?
I don’t know what sin is. But I define evil as hurting others for pleasure or profit.
11. How do you define virtue?
Protecting those who can’t protect themselves. Channeling anger instead of losing your temper. Finding joy in small moments.
12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?
I don’t care what it looks like. It’s in Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. It says, “See ya suckers…”
Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?
Anyone who doesn’t rely on irony to make up for being dull, lazy and unoriginal.