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Karin Tanabe

Karin Tanabe is the author of The List and a former Politico reporter whose writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and The Washington Post. A graduate of Vassar College, she lives in Washington, DC.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Don't sweat the small stuff!" I'm also a fan of: "Do crazy things with your hair while you still have hair to do it with."

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd love to sit down and clink martini glasses with Dorothy Parker at the Algonquin Round Table. I'm guessing Dorothy made a pretty good dinner companion.

I'd like to ask Dottie what inspired her humor over the years and how she decided to leave her literary estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

A. Explorer! I've traveled to almost 50 countries and meeting new people and seeing new things feeds my soul.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I try to always see the glass half full.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I'm a really big fan of New Yorker writer Emily Hahn. Born in 1905, she loved to write and loved to travel and was a real fast talking dame. She worked for the Red Cross in the Congo and lived with a tribe of Pygmies, she lived in Shanghai during WWII and had a pet gibbon (she dressed him in a tuxedo!), and she wrote 54 books and more than 200 articles for The New Yorker. What a life!

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