Tabs open on your screen right now:
NYTimes, BBC, Shopstyle, Seamless, the movie “Suspiria” on YouTube

If you had to brag about yourself:
I have a pretty good brain

Your writer crush:
Jean Rhys, Philip K Dick

Favorite lyric:
Kanye’s “
Soon as they like you make ’em unlike you”

Any place in the world:
Mexico City

Best breakfast:
butter coffee, Bali’s Alila Ubud resort breakfast (an amazing sampling of Indonesian delicacies and fruits I’d never encountered in my life), McDonald’s & Waffle House breakfast menus

Favorite online places right now:
http://www.fivethirtyeight.com, http://www.ismercuryinretrograde.com

Sweetest thing:
dogs, autumn, sleep

Your rituals (writing or not):
dogwalking, reading, matcha, surf music in mornings, sleep hygiene madness at night

Least impressive thing about you:
I can be messy & I forget things

Favorite space to write:
libraries and airplanes

What should we know:
you can pretty much find it all with a Google

Guilty literary pleasure:
I don’t feel guilty about anything literary

Best book nobody talks about:
Alison C. Rose’s memoir BETTER THAN SANE

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with?
the Ugly One from Teen Girl Squad, all the girls from The Facts of Life, everyone Winona Ryder plays, every Lorrie Moore protagonist

Last time you lied:
last night

The lie:
I told my dog he was a “good boy”

Question you secretly want to be asked:
favorite foods (not a secret, my favorite topic)

The answer:
Burmese tea leaf salad, fries, anchovies, basil, celtic sea salt, mayo, mustard, shiso leaf, porters & stouts
NYTimes, BBC, Shopstyle, Seamless, the movie “Suspiria” on YouTube


POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR was born in Tehran, raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. She the author of a forthcoming memoir SICK (HarperPerennial, 2017) and the novels THE LAST ILLUSION (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 “Best Bookof the Year” according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more— and SONS AND OTHER FLAMMABLE OBJECTS (Grove, 2007)—the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, BookforumSlate, Salon, Spin, The Daily Beast, Elle,and many other publications around the world.  She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.