Questions posed to Margaret Atwood in the Oct. 2006 issue:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Holding a sleeping baby.
What is your greatest fear?
Not having a child.
Which living person do you most admire?
Janet Weiss (drummer, Sleater-Kinney).
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your favorite journey?
A new book.
On what occasion do you lie?
When people ask how I'm doing.
Which living person do you most despise?
George W. Bush.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
How are you?
What is your greatest regret?
Spending so much time and brain power worrying.
When and where were you happiest?
When Jason proposed.
What is your current state of mind?
Relaxed, sleepy, content.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Still being alive and relatively sane.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A Cassowary (largest land bird in Australia).
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
What is your most treasured possession?
My star tattoo.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
In a hobbit commune in New Zealand.
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Who are your favorite writers?
Peter S. Beagle, Margaret Atwood, Isabel Allende.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Team D+, Liv, my co-workers, Iris, Amanda, Heidi.
What is it that you most dislike?
People's inhumanity to each other.
How would you like to die?
In my sleep.
What is your motto?