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Co-Owner of Emily Books
Where do you live?
I live in Bed-Stuy and have for a little more than a year. Previously I lived a few blocks closer to Pratt in what could be considered Clinton Hill, and before that I lived for years in Greenpoint. I inch a little further south with every move, and at this rate will spend my middle age in Crown Heights and my dotage in Coney Island.
Have you always been someone who kept in shape, or did you have a moment of existential horror entailing the inevitability of your own physical decay that catalyzed your current efforts to stave off death/obesity?
My fitness efforts are more about trying to stave off (a) crazy and (b) back pain, in that order. Basically, the only thing I do to keep in shape—besides ride my bike (which is mostly a thing I do to get places)—is alignment-based Iyengar-style yoga. Meeting my main teacher, Deborah Wolk, changed my life. And my spine. She is a genius.
What’s your grossest guilty pleasure, in terms of food? Or “food,” even.
Sour gummies. Neon ones especially. They really are barely food. They are more like a pen cap or pencil eraser, but sourer. And gummier. When I went to see Magic Mike I got a pound of them from the bulk section at Brooklyn Fare beforehand and I tried to share them with my friends but no one else wanted any and I ate them all. Happiest moment of my life?
What’s your biggest guilt-free pleasure?
I genuinely love buckwheat kasha and eat it every day; it’s such a comfort food. Fortunately it is also amazingly good for you, and even helps regulate your hormones. If I was really clever I would start a business called Brooklyn Kasha and market it as a gluten-free fertility aid, which it is, but it’s also just delicious, especially with a ton of butter.
What do you order at restaurants when you’re trying to be healthy?
My usual order is some kind of fish, but that’s mostly because fish is expensive to buy and hard to cook at home. I guess that’s also “healthy.” Sorry to be so boring!