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. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I absolutely detest rodents with tails. Weirdly, I'm fine if they don't have tails but rats and possums give me an extreme case of the hebe jebes!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Just one? Well, I hate talking things out, I'm stubborn and I can be way too competitive.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Self-centeredness

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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