A Legacy of Diamonds
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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I don’t have one, perhaps because I grew up speaking two languages. Idioms and proverbs don’t tend to translate well. It was years before I learned that one doesn’t steal a parade, but rather rains on it.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. There’s this German children’s book called the Der Struwwelpeter, which is sort of a twisted version of a morality tale. In one of the stories, a mother warns her son not to suck his thumb and, when he disobeys one night, an evil tailor referred to as “the great, long, red-legg’d scissor-man” comes into his home and chops his thumbs off with giant scissors. Guess who was a thumb sucker when she was a little girl? Still, having long since recuperated from the terror of this story, I find the scissor-man one of the most creative and enigmatic of fictional villains. Who was his boss? I still find myself wondering sometimes.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not picking ‘artist’ as my profession on job day in kindergarten; I panicked and went with cowgirl.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I was recently told I have aristocratic ankles, but I’m not quite sure I know what that means.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?