Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Conde Nasty


In half an hour, I have to be at 4 Times Square, otherwise known as the Conde Nast building, otherwise known as The Scariest Place in New York, to do an interview with the poetry editor of the New Yorker. She, Alice Quinn, is not part of the scary bit - she was one of my teachers last year, and is a very sweet and approachable person. The scary bit, obviously, is the prospect of the Conde Nast girls, the skinny, pouty, cheekboney, Prada-clad swarm of Vogue-associated women, who will be stomping their $700 snowboots into the lobby just about the time that I arrive in my cat-hair-covered coat, slightly holey tights (please stay above the knee, ladder, please stay, nice ladder), odd vintage-meets-Belgian-weirdo-designer outfit, and hair which has not been combed because I this morning, of all mornings, I cannot find the comb. And of course, since it's pelting down snow and something like minus ten outside, I will also be red-nosed, sniffly and trailing hats and scarves in a Wurzel Gummidge manner.

Yes, I know I'm going there to talk about poetry. And I have been there before, and I survived. But seriously, I think I'm allowed this wobbly. Anna Wintour shouted at one of my classmates in the elevator there last week.

At least I haven't eaten any breakfast. That might help me to fit in.

Oh yes: forgot to add, because it is so flippin' cold, I will also be wearing red furry earmuffs which my mother bought me for Christmas, probably from Lidl. Got a clear enough picture?

8 comments:

mimi said...

you're better looking than any of those cng. and that sounds like the perfect way to spend part of a snowy day, interviewing the great & wonderful aq. tell us where we can read the interview.

mimi of sexagenarian & the city

Anonymous said...

Hi - This is my first look at your blog Missus and it's great. So, what were they like? Was it all Devil Wears Prada? I agree with Mimi you are way cooler x

j said...

holy cow! who did anna wintour yell at? and why!?

that girl said...

What's the problem - it all sounds very Kate Moss to me!

BTW if you stick http in front of your webpage entry then you get the hyperlink whoo hoo

hesitant hack said...

thanks guys...nobody looked twice at me, which was a relief, though dressing in a way which doesnt garner a second glance is probably a sackable offence in the Vogue office...

J, it was one of the NYer interns...she held the elevator open for a friend, not realising La Wintour was in the back...shudder...

boondocks said...

Echoing mimi here--where can we read the interview with Alice Quinn? I'm guessing the Irish Times during the Poetry Now festival. Am I right, am I right?

hesitant hack said...

Boondocks, the Irish Times would never have me.

But I believe they are running an interview with AQ during that poetry festival, coincidentally enough...

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