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. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I'm afraid I don't quite think in those terms, so I can't really answer that question. I admire certain things about certain people.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I really hate the unnecessary use of quotation marks. As in, menus that offer "roast" chicken. Why, why?

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty. Humor. Introspection and intellectual rigor.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mina Loy. Dawn Powell. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sylvia Plath.

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