At the time LM caught up with NYC writer, Molly Young, she was 29. Her witty, eloquent & light-hearted charm was in abundance then and has only developed with the years. Molly’s name regularly graces the by-lines in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, GQ and Elle, but it is the upcoming release of her first book, D C-T, with illustrations by Joana Avillez, that prompted LM to revisit our 2015 exchange with Molly Young…
When and where were you happiest?
Anytime I’m brining myself in a large body of salt water.
What piece of work are you most proud of?
Creating these little mood-elevators.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Stop having anxiety dreams about eBay auctions.
Can you share with us your favourite authors?
Fiction: Edith Wharton, Henry James, Iris Murdoch
Nonfiction: Eliza Griswold, Peter Schjeldahl, Wesley Yang, Mark Greif, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Alice Gregory.
What does it take to be a good communicator?
A talent for listening.
What are three traits you admire most in a person?
Humor, mercy, brains.
Who are your real-life heros?
What’s your life motto?
“I get knocked down. But I get up again.”
On what occasion do you lie?
When my mother asks if I’m eating enough protein.
What has been your favourite journey/holiday?
Riding a camel through the Wadi Rum valley in Jordan.
What are your top three films of all time?
The Third Man, for its depiction of picturesque dread
A nos Amours, for its depiction of teenage anarchy.
Something Wild (1961 version), for its depiction of urban womanhood.
Favourite cocktail to order at a bar?
Tequila with lots of lime.
Best place for breakfast in NYC?
#4 bagel with whitefish and cucumbers at Black Seed.
Or, ½ pound of lox from Nordic Preserves, Fish & Wildlife at Essex Street Market.
Best thing about living in NYC?
The abundance of weirdos.
And the worst thing about living in NYC?
The abundance of rats.
Finally, the best piece of advise shared to you by a fellow female?
Brown the butter in a pan first, then pour it over the popcorn.