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. 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. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty. Humor. Introspection and intellectual rigor.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Lying on the couch, reading Middlemarch, eating a hard, green apple.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Mina Loy. Dawn Powell. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sylvia Plath.