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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Eat (Sandwiches), Drink & Be Literary: Michael Cunningham

Eat, Drink & Be Literary, presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation, is back this week with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham. With a new season comes a new batch of food, beverage, and book-related questions for our featured authors. (Read responses from other EDBL writers here.)

When you write, do you write by hand or on the computer (…or typewriter)? 
I write on my computer. I love my computer. I love the way the words on a computer screen occupy a halfway zone between consciousness and paper. They exist but don’t exist; they’re more than stray thoughts but at the same time they’re still just blips of light; you can push a button and POOF it’s as if they were never there at all.

What is your favorite Brooklyn-based novel? 
Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn.

When you read, are you an e-book or a paper book person? 
I’m fine with both. I love a bound book, but at the same time don’t really understand the objection to e-books. I mean, a little glowing box that holds thousands of stories? What’s not to like?

Two Shake Shack cheeseburgers (with fries). Photo:
What is your favorite sandwich? 
Shake Shack cheeseburger. Twice a year.

What is your favorite Brooklyn restaurant? 
Franny’s. Or no, wait Roman’s. Or Roberta’s. Or Berlyn...

What is your go-to beverage? 
I’ve been trying for years to overcome an addiction to Diet Coke.

What is the last live performance that really moved you? 
Ivo van Hove’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

Michael Cunningham will read from his most recent novel, The Snow Queen, and talk with moderator Deborah Treisman at Eat, Drink & Be Literary on Wednesday, March 11.

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