Here are some questions from the Mulleavy sisters’ questionnaire — as seen in Lula number eleven — and my answers. I left out some questions if I couldn’t answer them.
If you could have anyone in the world write the first chapter of your biography, who would it be?
Favourite song of all time?
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
What was your first love?
French and German are beautiful, but English has to be my favourite
Who is your most loved character in literature?
Favourite place to read a book?
In a big, squashy armchair
Favourite place in N.Y?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, all of Central Park, Grand Central
Favourite hidden treasure?
Things from my childhood I’d forgotten about
The First Tutu by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Favourite thing to collect?
Journals, diaries, books, magazines, planners, sketchbooks, catalogues, paper in general
Favourite musical instrument?
The French horn
Philosophy’s Pure Grace, wood fires, coffee
If I gave you a medal right now, what would it be for?
Finally learning how to ask for things
To feel, puppies. In art, tulle and feathers
What’s the first thing you think of when I say “red”?
Valentine’s Day cards, the ones you exchange in elementary school
Night or day?
Molly Ringwald or Ally Sheedy?
Am I the only person alive who does not care for John Hughes films at all?
C. S. Lewis or Freud?
C. S. Lewis
Tents or motels?
Thunder or lightning?
Tea or coffee?
This is unfair, I love and need both daily
Lemon or lime?
Monday or Friday?
Depends what I’m doing that week
February or December?
Christmas or Halloween?
J. D. Salinger or Jack Kerouac?
Hats or scarves?
Getting Daniel Radcliffe’s autograph outside of the stage door at the Al Hirschfeld theatre
Rain or sun?
Planes or cars?
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, but I do love both
Favourite ice cream flavour?
Vanilla with candy cane and chocolate pieces (this one)
New York City
Anything from The Office
Ice cream or sorbet?
Favourite fun fair ride of all time?
What characteristics do you most envy in others?
Calm, patience, decisiveness, security, fearlessness
If you could fly, where is the first place you would go?
Have you ever won a medal or prize, if so what?
What is your secret dream?
If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret...
Christmas — it’s practically its own season, right? November to January. But if I have to choose a non-retail season, autumn
What is your greatest love?
Do you have a planned escape route?
What was the last thing that you learned?
I didn’t know what the proper name for my favourite fun fair ride was, so Wikipedia told me
Favourite imaginary place?
Favourite children’s book?
Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes. I also love Madeline — and I don’t consider Harry Potter a children’s book, otherwise I’d have said that first
Candy cane bark. Third time I’ve answered candy cane! Christmas really is my season.