From a list by Hannah Gersen at The Millions // part 1 is here:
13. What’s more important to you: the way a book is written, or what the book is about? The way a book is written. It took me a long time to understand that not everyone agrees with this and even longer to come to terms with it. I mean, do you love a painting because of the brushstrokes and color application and representation of fantasy or realism or because of what's being painted (a pot)? Do you love a song for the music and/or lyrics or do you love it because it's a song about a rat (Ben)? Come on, don't be a psychopath.
14. What author, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with? Teju Cole (living), Nora Ephron, or Elaine Dundy (dead, dead). p.s. please don't show up dead at my dinner table.
15. If you could hang out with a literary character for the day, who would it be? I would like to skulk around some dingy London warehouse back alley with George Smiley. I feel like I would learn something about the real hearts of men even though we probably wouldn't say two words to each other, beyond a polite and slightly embarrassed "gesundheit" if somebody sneezed. At the end of the day one or both of us would just wander off into the fog and that would be that.
16. If you could be a literary character, who would it be? George Smiley! Or Harriet Vane. They're my fictional heroes.
17. Have you ever written a fan letter to an author? Surprisingly no. I did write to Debby Boone once, though. A different kind of hero.
18. Is there any book that, if I professed to love it, you would be turned off? Is there any book that would impress you in particular? Could you turn me off by loving a book: not really. Not even Ayn Rand. People love all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons, and obviously I'm working on being less judgey re: the tastes and opinions of others (Magic 8 Ball says: outlook not so good). Unless it was a book on pet dismemberment or something. Or The Book of Ruth. Jesus Christ I hated that book. In a lifetime of reading that was my nadir, a real pit of despair. Could you impress me by loving a book: not really. Light Years, maybe. I have yet to meet a single soul who will talk to me about it. The one person who read it on my recommendation no longer asks me what I'm reading.
19. Is there a book you feel embarrassed about liking? I suppose I'm failing all these questions, but no.
20. Are there books you feel proud of liking or having finished? No. Failed again! Although I did get all the way through The Bridges of Madison County before I tossed it in the garbage. A hardcover book! Right into the garbage.
21. Have you ever lied about having read a book? Of course.
22. Do you keep track of the books you read? Loosely, and primarily to keep myself from buying books I bought previously, and read and disliked, which has definitely happened.
23. How do you form opinions about what you read? Based 100% on emotional/visceral response. That also sounds like a wrong answer.
24. What authors do you think are overrated? Underrated? Overrated: any answer to this will make me sound like an asshole, so instead I'll list writers I can't relate to, on an existential level: Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth. Underrated? Under-appreciated: Carol Shields, Laurie Colwin.