Laurie Abraham Reveals her Favorite TV Show and her Advice to Aspiring Writers
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Try not to make others suffer because of your own fears
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Simone de Beauvoir? Beryl Markham? Virginia Woodhull?
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Emotional volatility
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Incredible to meet you, Dr. Freud. Your understanding of human behavior and motivation remains peerless, and your writing floors me: witty, poetic, incisive. What I'm curious about is how you'd analyze, or just think about, women in 2010? And now that you've had the opportunity to live in two centuries, how do you think historical context affected your overall theorizing? Can you give me examples? Would you change anything?
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Paul Farmer (physician in Haiti); Marilynne Robinson (novelist)