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. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

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

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I'm not sure if this qualifies as a talent, but I hate that I don't speak any languages other than English. I'd love to learn French and Spanish, then Hebrew, Arabic, and Japanese.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I have a terrible dread of snakes.

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