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Your best childhood memory.
My dad used to sit in my room until I fell asleep, because I was afraid of the dark. I woke up in the middle of one night and was delighted to see he’d fallen asleep on the spare bed. I felt totally safe that night, and was very quiet so he wouldn’t wake up and leave. The next morning I realized it wasn’t my dad at all, just a pile of stuffed animals.
Did you draw well as a child?
Yes. I started drawing when I was ten months old. I was way better than the other kids till they started catching up at age ten or so.
Do you remember your first draw?
No. I do remember drawing my brother’s birth announcement when I was two and a half. And drawing a cow in magic marker on my parents’ bedspread when I was three (I got in trouble).
Where did you study?
Solomon Schechter Hebrew Day Schools through high school, then Cooper Union College, for fine art.
How the collaboration with “The New Yorker” is born?
I started submitting in earnest when I was twenty-five or twenty-six, and started selling regularly when I was twenty-eight. I still can’t believe I get to do that for my job and never expect it to last.
Sense of humor, cynicism, sarcasm: which one represents you the most?
Sense of humor, I should hope (she said sarcastically).
How and where would you like to spend your old age?
Healthy in body and mind, or else not at all. And ideally not in an old age community in Florida, although my feelings will change by the time I’m old.
What do you do to fight stress?
I run every day. Not fast.
Your next draw will be…
Probably a bear.
Photos courtesy of the artist
From the book PASSING FOR HUMAN by Liana Finck. Copyright © 2018 by Liana Finck. Published by Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All Rights Reserved.