If you had to brag about yourself:
For thirty-five years I’ve had perfect vision.
Your writer crush:
Elizabeth Hardwick in 1979, Fiona Apple
It was the first part of my life
Second is the rest
Any place in the world:
Coffee with Jesse Ball and Dan Ivec at W.G. Sebald’s house
Coffee at 7am
Green tea at 9am
Oatmeal at 12pm
Favorite online places right now:
Stay sane and stop going online so much— that’s my advice. If you must go online, look at somanytumbleweeds.com (gardener of an imaginary garden Claire Donato’s page)
Drops of water on a leaf
Your rituals (writing or not):
Listening to rap while on the elliptical, an afternoon nap, a walk around the reservoir.
Least impressive thing about you:
When I write, sometimes I think of revenge.
Favorite space to write:
491 9th Street APT 3F
Brooklyn NY 11215
(I no longer live there)
What should we know:
How to clean your own house
Best book nobody talks about:
The Box Man by Kobo Abe, Zama by Antonio diBenedetto
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Last time you lied:
A few days ago. Someone asked me my age.
I told the person I was twenty-two, because I like the sound of the number twenty-two.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
Who are your two favorite NBA players of all time?
Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney’s). She lives in Los Angeles.