Joanna Smith Rakoff

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Joanna Smith Rakoff has written for The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College; an M.A. from University College, London; and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

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Books by this Author

A Fortunate Age

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'm afraid I don't have one.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I have an overhealthy interest in film, which I blame on my father, who took me to the movies twice a week, starting at about age three. Thus, I've always fantasized about actually making--writing and directing--films. But I'm not quite sure I have the personality necessary to navigate Hollywood.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Again, my mind doesn't really work that way. I'm happy being myself.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I'm not sure if this qualifies as a talent, but I hate that I don't speak any languages other than English. I'd love to learn French and Spanish, then Hebrew, Arabic, and Japanese.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

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