In the Easy Chair with Nicholas Bell

In the Easy Chair with Nicholas Bell



AGE: 38

OCCUPATION: Senior vice president for curatorial affairs, Mystic Seaport.

RESIDENCE: Mystic.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN:  Vancouver, Canada.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Planning the Era of Exhibitions; thinking about the books I wish I had time to write; Oh, and raising three kids, Charlotte, Catherine, and Henry.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, playing checkers with my daughters.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Professionally, I’m pretty proud of the exhibition schedule we have coming up! personally, the kids, of course.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Inviting change.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Seeing more of the world.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Or under my arm, a book.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP:  A writer or a cowboy, apparently.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My wife, Allison Bell.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Not a fair question.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: Today? “The Saltwater Frontier,” “The Maisky Diaries,” “Michelangelo: An epic life” (he’s having a good year!), and “Art in the Anthropocene.”

I AM LISTENING TO: Verdi in the morning, A Tribe Called Quest in the evening.

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Want to take the family to “Paddington 2” this weekend!

FAVORITE TV SHOW: These days, “The Crown.”

FAVORITE SONG: I’ve never considered that before.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Mexican.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.

PET PEEVE: Giving up.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: My 3-year-old son when I leave for work: “No daddy, just stay home.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: We moved here in 2016 and we still can’t believe how nice everyone is.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:  Tea.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I don’t drink coffee.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Be yourself.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE:  Never give up.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Listen.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: My first thought was pay off the mortgage, which sounds so boring. 20-year-old me wants to know what happened.

I DRIVE A: 2011 Buick Regal, for which I have been widely mocked by my peers. What can I say, it’s quiet.

I WISH I DROVE A:  I’d rather go for a walk.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:  Apples and peanut butter.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: I’d rent out a pub for the night and invite all of our friends from different stages of our lives in Canada and the USA. Our friends are like family.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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