Dina Rabinovitch was born in 1962 in Charleston, South Carolina, where she learned to stand up on the beach, before being moved to Toronto at the age of nine-and-a-half months. She has never been back to Charleston but works as a journalist in London. Her first book is called Take Off Your Party Dress. Dina blogs at Take Off Your Running Shoes.
Why do you blog? > £30,000 for cancer research in three months - blogging has proved an effective way to raise money.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Watching reader numbers swell. It's a high.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > When reader numbers drop - instant despair.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Do it daily, or disintegrate.
What are your favourite blogs? > I only read normblog. (Sorry, but it's true.)
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Uh, Norm?
What are you reading at the moment? > The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford; Kafka was the Rage by Anatole Broyard; Scars of War, Wounds of Peace, the Israeli-Arab Tragedy by Shlomo Ben-Ami; Hello and Time Out magazines.
Who are your cultural heroes? > Raymond Chandler.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
What is your favourite movie? > Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch).
What is your favourite song? > 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered' as sung by Sinead O'Connor.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > I no longer think special needs children do better in mainstream schools.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > That there's no smoke without fire; as a journalist I know that to be false.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > A line from Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing about never trusting anybody in politics: 'I don't care if he did your bris...'
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > Sorry I'm having two. One, I would abolish differing custody arrangements after divorce, so that all children have exactly the same arrangements (alternate weekends and one weekday night with their fathers). Two, I would pay nurses and teachers the salaries lawyers, footballers, etc get.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > Still to come.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Live today.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > No problem.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Honesty.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Snoring and hypocrisy, not necessarily in that order.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Bloggers who use pseudonyms; I understand it, but I just don't like it.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Watching 24.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Dying.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > By the sea.
What would your ideal holiday be? > Beach house, emptyish beach.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Watching The West Wing.
What is your most treasured possession? > My engagement ring - diamonds in an antique setting.
What talent would you most like to have? > So many: turn cartwheels, play the cello, write dialogue like Aaron Sorkin.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > I want my health back.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > Buy a house by the sea.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Cole Porter, Fred Astaire, Hillary Clinton.
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