The pop star shares his holiday plans
Ever wonder what celebrities do for the holidays? Are they sipping Cristal and nibbling foie gras, or throwing back eggnog and turkey giblets like the rest of us?
During a phone chat with pop star Moby this week, I got the chance to ask that very question. A strict vegan, Moby hasn’t touched anything close to eggnog for 20 years, so what is he chowing on this weekend? You might be surprised by what’s on — or off — his menu.
The following is a snippet from a longer discussion about Moby’s new release Go, a two-disc “best of” album, and his work with various political and social causes. Consider it an appetizer, a holiday-themed taste of what’s to come. Stay tuned for the full interview — or main course, as it were — in the illustrious pages of Grist next week.
What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving this year?
Uh … [Laughs.] If I tell you the truth, it’s going to sound really sad. As my family sits down to a very conventional Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll probably have a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich and maybe some sweet potatoes.
You’re right. That does sound a little sad.
Because the sweet potatoes are the only thing my family makes that’s vegan.
So you don’t go for the tofurkey?
Oh, tofurkey is fantastic, and if I was staying home for Thanksgiving, I’d probably do that. But I have quite a large family, so I usually go up just to see them.
I didn’t tell anyone about it, but one Thanksgiving I fasted. … On a day that’s so much about overeating, I wanted to see what it was like to abstain. And it was actually really nice because I could just focus on my family and how much I like them.
That’s interesting. But you haven’t done that since?
No. Maybe I’ll do it this year, I don’t know. But fasting’s hard. I’m kind of a wussy, when it comes to fasting. After about six hours, I sort of lose interest and find something to eat.