[Here are some excerpts from a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session done with Stanley Kubrick’s daughter, Katharina, and her son Joe Hobbs. Joe had recently discovered the Reddit topic on Kubrick, and wanted to a Q&A about his grandfather. He was asked to provide verification that he was who he said he was (above).]
"Given your family’s heavy background in the arts (your father/grandfather being who he was and your mother/grandmother being an actress, singer, painter, dancer, etc), do you see yourself becoming involved in any field of the arts?"
Katharina: Yes I am a painter and a jeweler. You can see my paintings on www.kubrickart.com.
Joe: I just graduated so I’m currently seeking employment at a studio. My work is here: www.JLHGameArt.com. I’ve spoken to Grandmother about this a few times. She thinks he would be fascinated by it all and would be very encouraging. Every time I show her my work her reactions are always ‘Stanley would have loved it.’
"What are your favorite memories of Stanley? What was he like around the house?"
Katharina: He was just a Dad who liked making tuna sandwiches and watching sport on TV. He was always working, and we learned a lot being around him. He was a very affectionate Dad, who could solve all your problems, and when he died our protective umbrella was gone.
Joe: Very kind, always showed an interest in what we were doing. Very encouraging of me learning to play chess. Basically what you would expect of any grandfather… I remember as a 12 year old he caught me and a friend in one of his offices full of boxes, books and paperwork. We made a run for it, saying sorry while very quickly making our exit.
"There are rumors that Kubrick had thoughts about some conspiracy theories. Did he ever share any of these with you two?"
Katharina: I once gave him a book, can’t remember the title, about all the weird and wonderful conspiracy theories out there. He was once convinced that a Chinese restaurant that we used to go to was a cover for some dastardly espionage activities! He thought the M’aitre D, was far too intelligent a man to be running a restaurant. We laughed and teased him as we chewed our egg rolls.
"Well seeing how no one has asked yet… What would you rather fight? One horse-sized duck, or a hundred duck-sized horses?"
Joe: A hundred duck-sized horses.
[I had been very disturbed because I thought I had been pronouncing “Kubrick” wrong all these years, having heard Vivian K. say “Q-Brick” in an interview, but…]
Katharina: Koo-brick is American and Que-brick is more English. But I answer to both.