20 Questions With Alice Eve Cohen, author of What I Thought I Knew
1. Bookmarks or dog ears?
2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?
Dust jacket on!
3. Favorite author?
Barbara Kingsolver is one of many favorites. David Sedaris is another. No single favorite.
4. Favorite genre’?
I’m equally enamored of novels, memoirs, plays, children’s books, short stories, personal essays.
5. What is the best book you have read in the last year?
“Let the Great World Spin”, by Column McCann, and “A Three Dog Life”, by Abigail Thomas
6. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Let the Great World Spin, by Column McCann, Going Bovine, by Libba Bray, and… uh… I’d really, really, really like to see my book, What I Thought I Knew, made into a movie.
7. E books: Friend or foe?
Friend AND foe.
8. Was there a book that inspired you to write?
Most books I read inspire me to write.
9. What are you reading right now?
For the first time in my life, I’m reading a romance novel: “Vanquished” by Hope Tarr. I met Hope at a book conference, and she gave me a copy of her book, which I’m really enjoying.
10. What is the last book you bought just for the cover?
I’ve never bought a book just for the cover. However, the cover often inspires me to open a book. If I open it, and start reading, and love the first chapter, I’m sold.
11. What is the last book you received in the mail?
“How I Learned to Drive,” a play by Paula Vogel, which I’m teaching in my playwriting course at The New School.
12. What is the number of books you own?
Never counted them. About 1000, I guess. I’m out of shelf space.
13. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
14. Do you have a favorite place to read?
In bed. And on the very comfortable rocking chair next to the window.
15. What is next for you, publishing-wise?
I’m in the middle of writing a new memoir: working title, MY LEFT EYE.
16. Do you have a favorite place to write?
Two favorite places. The desk in my living room. And The Writers Room – an “urban writing retreat.” The Writers Room is a beautiful loft in Greenwich Village, where member writers have 24-7 access to write in a quiet space on the 12th floor, away from the noise and tumult of Manhattan.
17. Do you have any pets ?
No. Our well-loved pet, Harry Potter the Hamster, just died, after a long (3 years) and happy life.
18. How does your garden grow?
Hmmm… As a NYC apartment-dweller, I don’t have a garden of my own, though I have some lovely fig trees and house plants growing contentedly by my large, eastern-facing window, and I grow basil, mint and parsley on my a windowsill. But like all New Yorkers, I have access to many splendid public gardens. My favorites are The Shakespeare Garden in Central Park and The Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
19. The last thing you Googled?
The derivation of the word “Sloth.” I wanted to find out which came first – Was sloth, the deadly sin, named after the slow-moving mammal? Or was sloth, the slow-moving mammal, named after the deadly sin? I was surprised to find that the latter is true.
20. What makes you cringe?
Artificial grape flavor.