You seem a little freaked out. Am I right?



I’m a journalist. I like asking questions, not answering them.

I thought you were an editor.

I was, for a number of years, an editor at The New Yorker. Now I write full time for the magazine.

Then you’re not someone I can submit stories, poems, or pitches to?

That’s right. That is beyond my security clearance.

So who—

I think you were going to ask me something about living in California—do I like it? Do I miss New York?

Right. How do you like living in Los Angeles? Do you ever miss New York?

I love Los Angeles. I moved here a little more than five years ago, the winter that it rained so much that swimming pools slid off the hillsides. That summer, there were spider webs the size of stop signs on my back porch, and then I got to feel my first earthquake. I go back to New York a lot, so I never really have a chance to miss it. What I really don’t miss is grocery shopping in New York. That’s really hard.

Why are your poems so short?

They’re getting longer. Some of the poems in the new manuscript I’m working on go on for pages. But I still think like an editor, and I like to cut, so we’ll see where they end up.

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DANA GOODYEAR has worked at The New Yorker since 1999. For four years, she was a senior editor; now she is a staff writer, covering a wide variety of subjects for the magazine, and often writing about literary and cultural figures. (Some of her work can be read at www.danagoodyear.com). She is also the author of Honey and Junk, a collection of poems, which was published by W.W. Norton in 2005.

In addition to The New Yorker, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books, and many other magazines and periodicals.

She is on the board of Red Hen Press, a non-profit publisher in Los Angeles, and teaches literary nonfiction, with an emphasis on new media, at the University of Southern California. “I [heart] Novels”—her article about Japanese cell-phone novelists, written while in Tokyo as a Japan Society Media Fellow—was included in The Best Technology Writing 2009, edited by Steven Johnson.

In 2010, she co-founded Figment, an online platform designed to encourage young adults to read and write fiction on their computers and their mobile phones.

2 responses to “Dana Goodyear: The TNB Self-Interview”

  1. Greg Olear says:

    Two words, Dana: Fresh Direct.

    But seriously, great to have such esteemed company at TNB.

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