Emily Gould is the author of And The Heart Says Whatever, founder of Emily Books and a former Gawker writer. She’s taking part in the “Being Twentysomething” talk at 92YTribeca on Wed, Nov 28 with an all-star panel of experts who have given some thought to the trials and tribulations of being young. First, let’s check out the culture diet of the now thirtysomething.
Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I ritualistically listen to WNYC interspersed with WFUV while I make coffee, and I have the kind of coffeemaker you have to stand there and pour water through the filter manually so it takes a long time and I get my entire daily news dosage. My friend Ruth does the same thing and says it’s her “coffee-making practice,” like how some people have a “meditation practice.”
What are your favorite websites?
Lately it feels to me like the blogs I most love to read are all about parenting. I don’t know what that’s about, since I’m not a parent and not likely to be one anytime soon. I guess I’m sort of a domestic voyeur. One of my favorite blogs right now is called http://thekidhasarrived.tumblr.com/. I also love my friend Rebecca’s blog about her adventures in foster parenting.
How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
Way, way, way, way too much. I periodically detox. I’m very all or nothing with them. My bookstore, Emily Books, is digital, so I use these services a lot to be in touch with our customers and subscribers — but that’s also an excuse for being addicted to them. Oops!
What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I am rereading Barbara Browning’s I’m Trying To Reach You, as an ebook. It was our November pick. It’s about a guy who gets obsessed with the idea that a mystery is unfolding in YouTube comments that involves the deaths of Michael Jackson, Les Paul, Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham. It’s actually a lot less weird than that description makes it seem, and it’s very funny. It’s also largely set in the area downtown near NYU and upstate near Woodstock, and it’s fun to visit familiar places in fiction. You know, to see a block you know well immortalized. “It’s that crappy Morton Williams on Bleeker!” That kind of thing.
What magazines do you subscribe to?
Only the New Yorker and n+1. I sometimes get into a habit of buying Us Weekly on the newsstand, but it hasn’t been good since Janice Min left. I used to subscribe to Time Out New York but I cancelled my sub when they panned my book in an idiotic, sexist way. I’m sure they’re still reeling from the pain of losing me.
What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
I am super into “Homeland” right now, as are we all (right?) And I am hotly anticipating the return of “Game of Thrones,” to the point where I might wear a costume to watch the season 3 premiere. Even if I have to do that alone.
What’s the last movie you saw?
What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Edgar Oliver’s one man show at Theater 80, Helen and Edgar. Amazing!!
What’s the last music purchase you made?
Martha Wainwright’s new album, Come Home To Mama. Martha Wainwright is a magical witch from another world.
What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
My favorite podcast is Baby Geniuses, a podcast by Lisa Hanawalt and Emily Heller. I met Lisa (“met” on Twitter) when she drew a portrait of a cat in a leather vest in exchange for a leather vest I was trying to get rid of. Following her on Twitter is very enriching. See, social media is not all bad!
What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
This summer I stayed in Rosendale, New York for all of August. Rosendale is amazing and so weird and cool (and cheap.) I would like to do that again for the whole summer next year if possible. Or longer, except at this point in my derelict career I have a fear of becoming like one of those Edith Wharton characters who go from “summering” upstate to living there year-round and it means they have lost their fortune and are disgraced. I have definitely lost my fortune but am not yet disgraced. I hope I can stay in NYC for another little while.
Read previous Culture Klatsch entries here.
I just turned 31 in October, just, you know, fyi.