Winston Bananas: The Interview

Winston the cat has never spoken on the record about his Internet fame. Until now. With thanks to his handler, Rich Juzwiak , here are Winston's incredible insights on everything from what it's like to be in love to where he sees himself in the broader Catosphere.

Today was the day that I heard back from Winston.

As usual, my inbox is piling up with spam from spammers and borderline spam from PR people and borderline borderline spam from colleagues, but today I don't care because I know that somewhere in amongst all that glittering email trash is a gem. I am talking — and even now I can't believe I'm writing this — about an email — heck, I am talking about the email ... I am talking about the email in which Winston (yeah, that Winston — he's so crazy he doesn't need a last name, unless it's Bananas) finally (finally finally finally) breaks his legendary silence. And as it turns out, Winston Bananas has a whole lot on his mind.

Let me back up real quick. Since 2009, hundreds of thousands of people have seen and admired Winston's work, from his (now classic) breakthrough video "Winston Isn't Normal," through to more mature pieces like "Winston's Not-So-Big Adventure" and (arguably) his masterpiece, "Banana Security." But up until now, the reclusive and, indeed, primarily housebound star has barely even acknowledged his celebrity in public, and — with the possible exception of his brief, awkward stint as a fashion reporter — Winston's own inner thoughts and aspirations have been left completely up to the speculation and guesswork of his millions of eager fans.

Winston, "Winston Isn't Normal" (2009) — This is the groundbreaking video that started Winston's career.

Most people believe that the reason for his silence is that he is a cat and cats can't talk (see, for instance, "Meowfail"), but my own theory is that, like any great artist, Winston prefers to let his work speak for itself. If you will excuse the metaphor, the "bananas" that represent his oeuvre are not to be peeled without his express permission.

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