TV Editor Sam Pettibon Tried Lucid Dreaming But Gave Up

Q(uar) & A is a series of interviews with some of our favorite storytellers and creators about how they’re living while in lockdown.

When Sam Pettibon is not tirelessly manufacturing drama in reality TV, he enjoys playing on his phone.

Where are you currently sheltering in place?

Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

What does your face mask look like? 

I’m currently alternating between an all-black fabric mask, and one made by a friend who designed the fabric herself. I’m looking forward to framing all of this stuff and hanging it on the wall “when this is over.”

Do you follow any kind of routine at this moment? 

I wake up at 9AM and scroll for an undetermined amount of time. I take a shower and power on my demented work-from-home editing rig.

I periodically go to the bed and scream-moan while lying on my stomach.

I eat lunch sitting in the same chair everyday. At this point I’ve developed a Pavlovian thing where I need something to be playing on the TV in order to eat.

I usually wrap things up around 7PM and go for a walk. After that it’s movies, dinner, and any other work or projects I have going.

What are some pieces of entertainment that you have consumed and loved during this time?

It has been such a blur, but the standouts for me so far are Age of Innocence and Shampoo.

At one point we watched about 60 episodes of The O.C., which ended up being a true comfort.

I’ve also been watching this woman’s YouTube channel called PrettyNflawed. She walks around department stores and remarks on pretty much everything on the shelves… Usually just like, “Ooh that’s nice… I like that.” I find it very calming.

Are you working on anything during this time? And if you’re having trouble “creating” things at the moment, how are you dealing, if at all?

I’m currently editing The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Atlanta for Bravo.

Have you taken up any new hobbies? 

I tried to do lucid dreaming for a couple days but gave up. 

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten so far during quar?

Cheesy White Bean-Tomato Bake.

What’s your current iPhone wallpaper?

What’s the best quar purchase you’ve made so far?

I got a nice MIDI keyboard which has kept me occupied for many hours into the night.

Who are the writers, storytellers, or makers who are bringing you great joy right now?

I’ve been reading Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth off and on for about four years and I’m currently reading Conquest of the Useless by Werner Herzog at about the same speed. I find a pretty enduring sense of encouragement in both.

“Brushing my teeth.”