Facts about your family:
We are nerds. My mom wants me to get a headset for my phone so that we can talk without getting brain cancer. My brother watches Japanese cartoons. Enough said.
Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?
I thought I’d move back to New York after I graduated from college, no matter where college was. So I decided to spend these four years somewhere fun and warm!
What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?
Go abroad, work for the government, write a novel, go to cooking school…
If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?
I have a personal policy against getting bored. It shouldn’t be possible.
Who are your heroes?
Abraham Lincoln, Marcella Hazan, David Souter.
If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?
China! Does the biggest country in the world count as “one spot”?
What are your current favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?
Currently up there: “Goodbye Columbus” (Philip Roth); “Heat” (Bill Buford); “The Bin Ladens” (Steve Coll), “Atonement” (Ian McEwan). I firmly believe everyone should read “The Elements of Style.” Also, “The Elements of Cooking” (Michael Ruhlman).
What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?
Careless grammatical errors, talkative strangers who won’t let you read on long plane or train rides, mealy apples, pay-per-view online newspaper archives.
What are your favorite Web sites? Why?
I check the New York Times and Washington Post Web sites pretty often. I like the legal commentary on Balkinization, politics from Marc Ambinder, food from Tastespotting. I generally like blogs and Web sites that bring together links from all over the place.
What are your favorite foods?
My mother used to tell me that I was “the natural predator of the chicken.” Then, I went semi-vegetarian. So, eggs, I guess.
What music are you listening to?
The Silver Jews, the Rolling Stones, Lucinda Williams, Pavement, Amy Winehouse.
What are your all-time favorite movies? Why?
I really don’t know anything about movies. There is a gaping hole in my cultural education. I saw “Do the Right Thing” while I was in India and liked it. It reminded me of home.
Who are your favorite artists?
Another gaping hole. I like Matthew Barney, Rothko, Julie Mehretu.
What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?
I’m pretty attached to my major–history. I also like political science. I want to go to law school eventually (really! I’m actually looking forward to it) and am particularly interested in international and constitutional law.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The architecture library and the courtyard by the Harry Ransom Center.
Where are your favorite places to go in Austin? What are your favorite things to do in Austin?
I like thrift shopping down in South Austin, coffee-shop-hopping at Quack’s, Epoch and Flipnotics, movies at the Drafthouse, groceries at Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market, and swimming at Barton Springs.
What are your favorite free-time activities?
Reading, playing the piano, boxing, combining plastic jewels with hot glue.
Other interesting facts about you:
I like to cook, and I am pretty good at it. I’m also into matte nail polish and JSTOR.