Things I Like

(This list is amended at whim: maybe hourly, possibly annually.)

1. While spending time in Berlin, I fell hard for an English-language bookstore (owned by Czechs) where they boil/bake their own bagels. Here’s their back room:

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2. If I could live in any museum, it’d be the Dia:Beacon
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3. If you ask me what to read these days, I’ll probably send you toward Percival Everett or Lydia Millet.
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4. I’ve been known make the students in my fiction workshop read Sven Birkerts’s Reading in a Digital Age
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5. Here’s my Sharpie-inscribed copy of David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green:
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6. See the pic on this site’s “Contact” page? That’s my bamboo keyboard. 
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7. Here I am standing in front of Mont Blanc’s peak. I’m smiling because they serve coffee up there:
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Allison Lynn author, writer
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8. If you’re interested in what it’s like to write long-form fiction, don’t miss Alexander Chee’s 100 Things About a Novel.
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9. When it comes to on-screen pairings, my vote will always go to Jack and Sissy (Missing, 1982):
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10. That smell coming from my kitchen? It’s Maangchi.com’s emergency kimchi.
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11. As for my Trader Joe’s addiction, I’m working on it.
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12. Britpop.
 
 
13. I wrote much of my most recent manuscript in Paris’s Bibliotheque Mazarine, as well as the American Library in Paris. Basically, what I love are Paris’s bookstores and libraries and paperback stalls. Even just the idea of them makes me happy.
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14. Finally, the thing I’m most in love with these days is democracy. Or the idea of it, at least. Here’s hoping it lasts.