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Editor crush: New York Times Magazine’s Jake Silverstein.
Favorite McSweeney’s Internet Tendency post: “The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do” by Colin Nissan.
Website on refresh: Dwell.com.
Words of wisdom from Elliott, age 3: “Oh myyy, Jose…”
Pantry Crest order: Goat-cheese-and-shiitake flatbread, side of Brussels and a Negroni. Or two.
Can often be found: At Allsopp Park’s playground.
Designer crush: David Carson.
Font that gives you the feels: Mrs Eaves.
Go-to for design inspo: Books (especially Phaidon publications).
Number of Pinterest boards: 72 and counting (as of 10/4/17).
Benihana order: A table’s-worth of fried rice.
Can often be found: At the Robinson! I’ve been hitting symphony performances lately.
Writer crush: Valeria Luiselli, Tom Junod, Martha Gellhorn, E.B. White, among many, many others.
Dream interview: Donald Roller Wilson. If you’re reading this, my offer still stands.
Writing ritual: Writing notes on little scraps of paper, then throwing everything into the fire. Repeat.
Blue Sail Coffee order: Large quick-cup of black coffee.
Can often be found: See previous question. Also, on the base trail ringing Pinnacle Mountain.
Writer crush: Chuck Klosterman.
Best book ever: The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
Usually listening to: Radiohead or The Beatles.
Film scene that gives you the feels: That last sequence from The Searchers. Ooof.
Three Fold order: Steamed pork dumpling bowl, medium spicy. But that new soup noodle bowl might soon change that.
Can often be found: Headphones on, listening to a record paired with a glass of rye whiskey and a good book.
Number of photos taken in a given week: So many! I currently have more than 14K just on my iPhone.
Claim to fame: Adam Rappaport, the editor of Bon Appetit, once favorited one of my tweets.
Thing you’ve photographed most in Arkansas: FOOOOOOOOOOD. (And chefs!)
Taylor’s Steakhouse order: Ribeye. Rare, with two crispy fried eggs, sunny-side up.
Can often be found: At Whole Foods, buying a steak and cashews.