I work in technology (design research, strategy, and product development). Basically, I ask questions, tell stories, and solve problems. I love it.
Currently reading: The Bishop's Wife, the first in a series of mystery novels about a feminist Mormon woman living in Utah.
I make a nearly perfect gougère (there's always room for improvement), a killer tomato and avocado salad, and my chocolate cake is legendary in certain circles. My sticky toffee pudding is legendary in all circles. I cook up a lobster boil every summer, so if you're looking for a woman who can select, kill, and steam a dozen lobsters to perfection, I'm your gal.
I moved to an apartment with an actual dining room last year and have been hosting up a storm. I love watching groups of people come together in conversation over food and drink, seeing guests sit down as strangers and get up from the table as friends, and getting lots and lots of use out of my dishwasher. (After thirteen years without one, my dishwasher will never not be exciting to me.)
I believe strongly in the value of interborough travel. Have MetroCard, will subway.
Authors: Margaret Atwood, Tobias Wolff, Hilary Mantel, Jane Austen, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Eugenides, Kate Atkinson. Just re-read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and resolved to do so every three years. Recent faves include David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes, Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, Lauren Groff's Fates & Furies, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah.
Movies: The Philadelphia Story, Amelie, E.T., Roman Holiday, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ratatouille, The Eternal Sunshing of the Spotless Mind, Gosford Park, The Lives of Others.
TV Shows: Justified, Mad Men, Gilmore Girls, Breaking Bad, Veep, Orphan Black, Star Trek TNG. Currently obsessed with Grantchester, Transparent, and Les Revenants.
All-time music: Stephen Sondheim, The Decembrists, Rufus Wainwright, Ella, Bowie, Arcade Fire.
Current music obsessions: Waxahatchee, Father John Misty, Florence + The Machine, Golden Suits, Cheerleader, Fast Romantics, the Hamilton cast recording.
Food & Drink: Champagne, bourbon, eggs, Vietnamese food, Sriracha, coffee, pickles, cucumbers, charcuterie, Red Boat fish sauce, anything cooked by Thomas Keller or Yotam Ottolenghi, whipped cream, cheese. I just got Nigel Slater's deceptively simple cookbook Eat and am a bit obsessed with every single thing in it.
New York's theater scene.
Something good to read.
Bourbon or rye.
You're funny as hell and know how to go in for the kiss.