What's your favorite season? Why?
I wait the entire year for autumn to come. It makes me feel the most connected to nature and to the passage of time. I have all these rituals—like going to see the salmon spawn and picking chestnuts from my neighbor’s tree and eating caramel apples—that make me deeply nostalgic. Also, the rains make me want to do nothing but read and write.
When's the first time you went on a boat? Did you like it?
I have no memory of the first time I went on a boat, but I do remember the first time I rode the bus. I was about six years old and a 300-lb blind woman sat on me. She didn’t realize that I was underneath her, and I remember the feeling of my face being pressed hard into her back. My mom calmly tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, that seat’s taken.”
What fictional character would you love to meet in real life?
What's the best thing you've ever purchased?
Art. The pleasure I get from it never wears off. Every day, I look around my house and I am inspired by the artists who made these beautiful, and sometimes challenging, things that I have the great good fortune to live with.
Do you have a habit you're trying to break? If so, what is it?
I’m trying to stop using technology as an escape, a distraction, and a way to self-soothe. I drag my computer around from room to room like Linus with his security blanket and It. Has. To. Stop.
What's the most interesting thing you learned this week?
That, as humans, our capacity for kindness far exceeds our capacity to hate.
Who brings you the most joy in your life?
This may not be the answer you were looking for, but the honest answer is that I’m not experiencing a lot of joy right now. It’s a sad and scary time for our country and I feel steeped in that reality.
What do you like to do when you hang out with your friends?
There’s a lot of curling up on the couch under blankets, talking about art, current events, triumphs, and heartbreaks. Also, night walks. Many, many night walks.
Are you more of a morning person or a night person?
At the moment, I’m an afternoon person.
What three words best describe you?
I feel like that’s a question better answered by people who know me well, but I’ll give it a try: artist, writer, activist.
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