Blake Faulkner is the new debate coach at Hillsdale College. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
What is your favorite book?
For pleasure reading, Lord of the Rings. I read all the books. For intellectual challenge, my favorite book is probably Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals, because I like to challenge my beliefs and it does that.
What is your favorite movie?
I would say for pleasure, again, Lord of the Rings. For intellectual challenge, I would probably say Vertigo.
What is your favorite season?
I would probably say the fall but it usually ends up being the summer because I have the most freedom then.
What is your favorite holiday?
Spring break because there are no social obligations attached to it.
What is your favorite animal?
The honey badger because honey badgers just don’t care.
When you were a child, what was something you wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a paleontologist, because as a little kid, and even into high school, I really enjoyed collecting stones and different types of rocks and exploring the outdoors.
What is something you hope is discovered in your lifetime?
How to eat the best food in the world, without going broke, or killing yourself.
What is something that is on your bucket list?
I would love to spend a summer in Europe.
Would you rather drive a racecar or fly a jet?
A jet, because there’s probably a very good autopilot function.
What is your favorite kind of food?
Japanese because it’s so completely different from what I grew up with. I grew up in Indiana, so the varieties of good Japanese food were not in high supply.
What is your favorite beverage?
Barq’s Red Cream Soda because it’s very smooth and unique.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Beating video games at their hardest settings.
Do you play any instruments?
Trombone. I played jazz trombone in high school.
What are the benefits of joining a debate team?
You get to learn to think on your feet, and you’ll learn to prepare for a presentation quickly. Most of the time in your life, you’re not going to have hours and hours to prepare for a presentation. I also don’t think you can find any community where you have more stimulating conversation than with a debate team.