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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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Karin Tanabe
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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Marquise de Merteuil from Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Self-centeredness

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey, Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, America by Simon & Garfunkel, This Shirt by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Somebody Like You by Keith Urban

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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