What's the best thing about you?
My friends. They are diverse and funny and kind and awesome and I'm a better person for having them in my life.
What's something you know by heart?
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. The lyrics to every 80s song.
What's the last song you sang along to?
Heroes, by David Bowie. I'm learning to play it, so I sang along with myself, but that counts, right?
What's the last really nice thing someone did for you?
My sister visited me and helped me clean out my closet. That's two nice things.
When you were a teenager, who was one of your biggest idols? Bonus: How do you feel about that person now?
Annie Lennox. I wanted to be just like her, the voice and the clothes, the self-assurance, the gender blurring, the poetry. Now I admire her more for her activism than her fashion, and I'm sorry she doesn't seem to write her own songs any more, but I still think she's pretty cool.
What's your favorite book? (or the first book to spring to mind in response to the question)
It's a tie: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander.
What's something you haven't done that you'd like to try?
What is something that made you laugh really hard recently?
Reading my 1994 diary. Talking about interspecies romance novels.
What's something that you're good at that not many people know you're good at?
Listening. I cleverly disguise it by talking most of the time.
If you could have a superpower, which one would you want?
What do you like best about the work you do?
That I think it matters. That I get to learn stuff while I work. That I don't have to interact with people.
If you could live inside a book, which one would you want to live in?
Infinite Jest, maybe? Because I could live there for a really long time without getting bored.
What would you like to change about yourself?
I'd like to be more open and simultaneously less vulnerable.
What's your favorite cover version of a song? Why do you like it?
Cat Power's Satisfaction, because it gives a completely new interpretation to the song (one of hopelessness rather than frustration), and Alanis Morissette's My Humps for the same reason, though I don't know how many times I could listen to it.
What motivates you to read a book -- a friend's recommendation, familiar author, prize winner, pretty cover....?
I have annual resolutions to read a particular kind of book, so that's a primary motivator, or a friend's recommendation.
What's a great movie you'd like every teenager to see?
Besides the Breakfast Club, which seems obvious, maybe Harold and Maude.
What's the last book that made you feel excited?
The Goldfinch, because I got my love of Donna Tartt back. I was also excited about the Bone Clocks, but that ended badly so I'd prefer not to think about it.
What is the story of your most interesting scar?
Is your greater regret something you have done, or something you haven't done?
I regret not realizing my time was limited with some people and places, and not squeezing in more experiences in that limited time.
I regret tequila 95% of the time.
How do you make a difficult decision?
I make pros and cons lists, I pretend I've made a decision and see how it feels, and I trust my instincts.
What's a fun thing you do when you're alone? Is it more fun when you're alone or with others?
I play solitaire by myself to relax and would never do so with other people around. I like binge watching TV alone and with others if they watch it the same way I do, which is hard to find.
Do you have art in your house? How would you describe it (mostly posters of famous art, mostly fingerpaints by your children, something in between)? How do you feel about it?
I have a fair bit of art in the house, mostly graphic art. It's predominantly things made by people I know and love, and so when I look at it I feel delighted to know such people and also pleased by the beauty of the work itself.
What's your ideal climate?
Sunny and hot and a little humid, near a beach. This is not the ideal climate for my skin, unfortunately.
What do you do to make yourself feel better when you're having a rough day?
Forgive myself. Indulge in something.
What are you thankful for?
My friends. Technology and specifically what it enables me to do -- work from home, and stay in touch with friends and family.
What do you love about winter holidays?
I don't love much about winter, period. Probably staying cozy indoors. I like watching Die Hard at Christmas with Squire because it's a tradition that is just ours.
What's your default meal (the reliable thing you cook when you're not inspired)?
Peanut butter on toast. Chicken and zucchini.