21 questions

Laurie Sandell Can’t Have a Roommate She’s Not Sleeping With

Name: Laurie Sandell
Age: 35 on Nerve.com
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Occupation: Author of the graphic memoir The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir and contributing editor at Glamour. She’ll be appearing tonight at the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe’s Pub.

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
It’s a tie between Eddie Stern and Josh Korda.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
A steak sandwich at Num Pang, a Cambodian takeout shop on East 12th Street.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Write at coffee shops, draw cartoons, update my blog, and occasionally fly to L.A. to interview celebrities.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
I don’t think I could ever go back to having a roommate I wasn’t sleeping with.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Yep. My people call it tzedakah.

What’s your drink?
Seltzer with bitters and lemon. The novelist Amanda Stern turned me on to it.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
I cook three to four times a week, the same meal every time. I am the Terrified Chef.

What’s your favorite medication?
It was Ambien until it sent me to rehab.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
Three cartoons of my dad that I drew between the ages of 8 and 10. One features posters on the wall that read, “Women are Money” and “Winner: 12 A-fat-emy Awards.” Another shows a bird popping out of a cuckoo clock, saying, “I’m in the midst of information.”

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
I read a bunch of these “21 Questions,” and apparently lots of New Yorkers are getting them for free! I usually spend about $120. Clearly, I’m doing something wrong.

When’s bedtime?
Between midnight and 2 a.m., but I’ve got to start going to bed earlier. I get up for yoga at 7 a.m. It’s killing me.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
I worked at Glamour for four years, which is in the Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square. Just the thought of Times Square gives me PTSD.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
I like the guy; he’s funny and down-to-earth. And his daughter was the only normal person featured in Born Rich.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Schlepping a computer, yoga clothes, street clothes, and various electronics to Manhattan every day.

Who is your mortal enemy?
That woman on the subway who yelled at me for having dog hair on my coat. She said she was allergic, but wanted me to move.

When’s the last time you drove a car?
I recently acquired a 2000 Chevy Malibu, so this Friday, I drove some friends home after seeing The September Issue.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
My sister, who works for a hedge fund, has stopped buying designer handbags every five minutes. I used to inherit them.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
The Times. Okay, the Post. But I do read the Times on Sundays.

Where do you go to be alone?
Any subway car recently occupied by a pungent homeless man. Those are usually empty.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
A huge therapy bill.

Laurie Sandell Can’t Have a Roommate She’s Not Sleeping With