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. 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. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Again, my mind doesn't really work that way. I'm happy being myself.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Mina Loy. Dawn Powell. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sylvia Plath.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Physical trait? If so, well, the first thing people comment on is generally my hair, which is dark and curly.