Joanna Smith Rakoff: A Fortunate Age
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I'm afraid I don't have one.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Lying on the couch, reading Middlemarch, eating a hard, green apple.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I wish that I'd spent more time with my paternal grandmother before she died. She was a brilliant, ferocious woman who had great stories to tell.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Mina Loy. Dawn Powell. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sylvia Plath.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'm afraid I have a pretty bad temper. I don't get anrgy all that often, but when I do -- agh.