I was recently interviewed in Time Out New York for Word's Between the Covers matchmaking mixer for literary singles. Instead of linking to the article, I'm posting my full replies below. (In case you're wondering, I'm in the halter.) Feel free to get in touch with me via Kontact'r if you don't want to leave a comment to schedule a book chat.1. How would you like your name to appear [on your blog]?
Rutila, which means "redhead" in Latin.
2. What is your age?
23; I'm a precocious publishing professional, having worked in the field since 2002.
3. Which neighborhood do you live in?
Greenpoint (and I'm a native, so I make better Polish food than most of its obiadys).
4. What do you do for work?
Senior Editorial Assistant for [a nonfiction publisher]. I work in encyclopedias, so I traffic articles from authors to reviewers, from editors to production, copyedit front matter, and make cheesecake when people need a break from tight deadlines.
5. What did your original post on the bulletin board say?
I am a woman looking for a man who likes reading Neil Gaiman -- my favorite author -- but hates Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. I also enjoy books by Mary Roach (of Stiff fame), Frans de Waal, and Robert M. Sapolsky (the latter are primatologists).
6. What is your favorite book about a relationship, or your ideal relationship illustrated in novel-form? Why is it your favorite?
I am looking for the Mr. Rochester to my Jane Eyre. Like Jane, I was a precocious child who got in trouble in school a number of times for bucking it to the administration. Their relationship is one of equals, two well-educated people who debate and spar, and their differences in opinion bring them closer together. So if we're a match of wits, I'll most likely forgive the skeletons in your closet -- or the mad wife in your attic.
7. What are your literary dealbreakers?
On the off chance you're a guy who read and enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love and anything from the Twilight series, I doubt we'd get along. I'm a huge fan of graphic novels, but dime-store comic books shouldn't be the only literature you digest. And is that a Kindle you're toting? I'm an old-fashioned book-in-bound-form reader.
8. What are your favorite bookstores in New York City?
Word in Greenpoint, of course, because its staff recommendations never strike out, and it's so easy to get involved in its events: I made crepes for its Basketball and Brunch event, debated the merits of body hair at the Obsolete event, and suggested an event between the authors of a book on Napoleon's penis and one on Jesus's foreskin, which the events coordinator [Kelly, pictured with me] made happen. I'm also a fan of Greenlight in Fort Greene -- I stained bookcases for the new store in the summer -- because opening an independent bookstore is a gamble in this climate, and I couldn't pick a better staff to put my money on.
9. What are your favorite literary pickup spots? In which bookstores can you pick up the cutest people?
I actually met someone at a Desk Set (an organization of bibliophiles, mainly librarians, that raises money for literacy programs) party at Enid's, and the best literary pickup spot has to be the Javits during Book Expo America (BEA). The nation's top publishers, booksellers, librarians, and educators -- not to mention some cute authors -- are all under one roof and attend a number of parties at night. I went to the BEA Tweetup and was able to collect business cards for professional networking and pleasure. I have yet to pick up someone at a bookstore because I'm most likely paying too much attention to the books.
10. Have you gone on any dates through the board so far? If so, what were they like?
Not yet, but someone recently admitted a crush on me via the board. We're setting up a casual get-together in the near future.
11. What did you learn about posting on the board? What did you like and not like about it?
Like publishing in general, there are more women than men. We need to encourage more men to be open about their literary leanings. Do you geek out with fantasy? Say so! You'll be sure to find a similar gal.
12. In terms of books, who are you looking for?
It'd be great to meet a guy who'll admit he buys cookbooks, for the obvious implication that he'd have me over and wow me with his culinary skills, but in something more down to earth I'd like to meet someone who admits to reading young-adult books (YA), as some YA can be just as racy as adult books.
13. Why did you want to meet someone at this event in particular?
Because every once in a while us bibliophiles need to get our noses out of books. I'm going to the event at Diamond first and foremost to support my friends at Word, and more to connect with bookworms than to expect to meet someone. Though if it happens, the right person will get a card from my catalog to use my call number and hopefully won't let the good times expire.
14. What is your "required reading" list, i.e. one-five books you'd really like a potential date to have read, and why?
A tricky question because I can either be really picky or name popular books that anyone could have read. Let's say you've read something by Neil Gaiman (American Gods is my favorite novel); read The Catcher in the Rye, appreciated Holden's honesty but acknowledged his flaws; found a Shakespearean play that spoke to you (mine is Hamlet); and have a battered copy of Strunk and White in your library from school.