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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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. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. London, wandering around Bloomsbury or Neal's Yard. With plans to visit friends in Yorkshire the next day.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Like. Quite. Maybe. Perhaps.

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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Soames Forsyte, from The Forsyte Saga. His villainy springs from his being so purely a product of his era and class. Poor Soames.

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