JLS: Mint oreo or sea salt caramel. There’s pretty much no flavor of ice cream I’d kick out of bed.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
JLS: I love that part of Six Degrees of Separation (really a play, but also a movie, so not cheating!) where Stockard Channing makes fun of what might be called disaster tourism. This is not an exact quote but she says something like: “Are you sure these are the poorest people? We’ve traveled all this way!"
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
JLS: Eleanor Roosevelt
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
JLS: Not really working for me.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
JLS: Finally, someone asks! I really want a clothing item that has it’s own heating and cooling system. So it would keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I had this idea when I was five, and I still really want one.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
JLS: Ha. Government regulation on Wall Street. Also, I am basically an elf.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
JLS: When I was a kid, I was cast in a video of Dr. Ruth’s - some kind of sex-ed for kids. I was pretty sure this would catapult me into movie stardom.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro is the author of Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture (S&S, 2014). She has written for The New York Times Magazine, Jane, The Believer, and McSweeneys.
*Also, check out this giveaway from Goodreads for Jessica's book coming out in paperback on Jan. 20th!