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The Insider: Maris Kreizman
Bookworm as a compliment? You betcha. Our girl Maris Kreizman masterfully mashes up your favorite TV habits with literary goodness on her epic Tumblr, Slaughterhouse 90210—if you aren’t following it already, what in god’s name have you been doing?! Here, what she’s contemplating when she’s not pairing The Voice with Philip Roth and Gilmore Girls with P.G. Wodehouse. —carlye wisel
Q: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever worn?
A: There’s a photo of me all dressed up for middle school orientation. I’m wearing Z. Cavaricci-esque jeans rolled up with a denim button-down on top and white socks rolled with scuffed Keds. I have my hair in a side ponytail using my best scrunchie (black-and-white striped), and my mom had helped me tease up my bangs to great heights. It was terrible and glorious—I’m from New Jersey.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing on your bookshelf?
A: I love books, all kinds of books, and I don’t embarrass easily. But I will say that Stop Being a Hater and Learn to Love the O.C. is rather preposterous. (But still, Seth & Summer 4eva.) The author of that preposterous book went on to write one of the smartest books about TV I’ve ever read: The Revolution Was Televised.
Q: If you could go on a cross-country road trip with three people, dead or alive, who would you pick?
A: Let’s make it an all-ladies road trip: I want Hillary Clinton driving, Nina Simone DJing, and Dorothy Parker cracking jokes.
Q: What’s one TED talk that doesn’t exist yet that you wish you could watch?
A: “Danson: A Television Journey from Cheers to Damages and Beyond.”
Q: What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten to write about?
A: I love doing the best books of the year post for Slaughterhouse 90210. It’s where I get to evaluate my year in reading and do a lot of gushing. This past year, I got to gush over some of my friends’ books, some big-buzz books, some quieter ones, and also Ke$ha. I love gushing about Ke$ha.
Q: Favorite Of a Kind edition at the moment?
A: I’m eyeing the Gatsby necklace to wear for Slaughterhouse 90210’s fourth anniversary party at Housing Works.
Q: What website can you absolutely not live without?
A: Vol. 1 Brooklyn is my favorite literary/cultural site around. It manages to be super smart without ever being stuffy, serious without forgetting to have a sense of humor.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever made with your own two hands?
A: I’m pretty proud of my “The Many Ties of Adam Scott” Pinterest board. Does that count?
“My co-worker noticed that I had some downtime at work, and suggested that I start my own tumblr using literary quotes. I really liked the idea, but then I realized that a quote from literature can be so much more appealing if it has a photo of Joan Holloway attached to it. So that’s how the idea of Slaughterhouse 90210 was born. (Rejected blog titles: Full House of Mirth, Catch-227).
“As the blog evolved over the years, my main goal became getting books back into pop culture discussions right alongside Mad Men and Jersey Shore. In my own little way I wanted to propagate the notion that books are still a vital part of the way we live now.”
“That ‘writers write’ is meant to be self-evident. People like to say it. I find it is hardly ever true. Writers drink. Writers rant. Writers phone. Writers sleep. I have met very few writers who write at all.” ”—
Renata Adler, Speedboat
(via Slaughterhouse 90210)