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Interviews | September 2, 2014 1 comment
David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
Laurie RosenwaldDescribe your latest project.
My New Yorker illustration,
A weird Swedish vacation,
Made my cool creation.
Using paper (but no glue)
Crayons and a camera too
"And to name but just a few...
Red Yellow Green Blue"
Wearing no shoes, my great uncle Bill used to be driven by his chauffeur to the corner of central park. The chauffeur would then carry uncle Bill into the park, where he would walk around on the grass in his socks, never touching concrete. A doctor had told him that it was good to walk on grass, and this was the closest grass available. Another doctor suggested he wear something like a bear trap in his pants. It kept the waistband of the pants about a foot away from his body. He slept in it. Every time I went to any doctor on the Upper East Side, dollar signs would light up in their eyes when they heard my last name. Uncle Bill was the richest hypochondriac in New York, and I adored him. He had a fabulous wine cellar, and learned to play the piano after he went blind (for real) at the age of 85.
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
I just need a fresh start.
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
For adults: Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell.
Describe your most memorable teacher.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
What is your favorite literary first line?
"There is a photograph in existence of Aunt Sadie and her six children sitting round the tea-table at Alconleigh. The table is situated, as it was, is now, and ever shall be, in the hall, in front of a huge open fire of logs. Over the chimney-piece plainly visible in the photograph, hangs an entrenching tool, with which, in 1915, Uncle Matthew had whacked to death eight Germans one by one as they crawled out of a dug-out. It is still covered with blood and hairs, an object of fascination to us as children." Nancy Mitford, Love in a Cold Climate
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
What do you do for relaxation?
What is your idea of bliss?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
Tell us about your pets.
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Who are your favorite characters in history?
If you could be someone else, who would that be, and why?
If you could pick anyone to illustrate one of your books, who would it be and why?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
Funny you should ask. I think I will!
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Laurie Rosenwald was born in Manhattan and feels sorry for people who visit New York and don't know anybody who can show them the backstreets. An accomplished illustrator and designer, she has worked with such clients as IKEA, Coca-Cola, and Nickelodeon. Her illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker and the New York Times.