Our brand new series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

This month we’re talking MAGIC with scott b. davis (@scott_b_davis) scott is a fine artist and entrepreneur from San Diego. His work has been featured in the @nytimes,@newyorkermag, and @latimes. scott has been intimately involved in San Diego’s arts & culture scene for over a decade.

What is your favorite virtue?

Gratitude. The wisest people I know are also the most grateful, and I believe gratitude is central to shaping good character.

Favorite guilty pleasure?

Driving. I love being behind the wheel and traveling long distances. It kills me to know I’m contributing to the world as a more polluted place.

Best meal you’ve ever eaten on your travels?

A root vegetable dish in Jodhpur, India. It was a Rajasthani special that’s impossible to find outside of India.

What’s your favorite book?

I’d put Blue Desert by Charles Bowden high on that list.

What do you find magical?

The spirit you see in people’s eyes. Not just a soul, I’m talking that ineffable quality that pierces you in about 1 out of every 1000 people you meet. I’ve felt it with people whose language I don’t speak, so I believe there’s something to it.

Who or what inspires you?

People who pursue something they believe in regardless of the financial outcome, notoriety, or logic. Werner Herzog is a good example of this (albeit a famous one). Charlie Russell is a not-so-famous example (though eastjesus.org has put him into the limelight since his passing in 2011).

Biggest pet peeve?

Ear splitting mufflers on cars and motorcycles.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Go west, young man.

Most memorable uncomfortable experience?

Insulting republicans who I didn’t know were republican.