Matthew Cooper: The FishbowlDC Interview

wonketecooper.jpg Say hello to Portfolio’s Matthew Cooper.

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How many suits do you own? 15, maybe even 20. When your weight fluctuates as mine does, you wind up with a lot of clothes.

What word do you routinely misspell? who’s/whose–I know the difference but I still find myself tapping out
the wrong one.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Nope.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? Nada, but listened to the book on Audible.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day

What time did you get up this morning? 5:45 AM

When did you last cry and why? That’s between me and my Kleenex.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Alas, gluttony.

Beach, city or country? As Bill Clinton would say, that’s a false choice: “City and beach.”

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? None of the above.

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What color is your bathroom? White, I think.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 50–not as many as I used to get. I’ve thinned my lists and use the phone more.

What’s your opinion of New York City? Grew up in Jersey, went to Columbia–I love it, every borough.

What’s your favorite letter? M.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Easy one: Charlie Peters, my old boss and founder of The Washington Monthly.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Many: Slate, Meet the Press, KCRW music, Le Show, to name a few

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? Jennifer Hudson.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Martha’s Table. It’s been a couple of years, I’m embarassed to say.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Let me pick two: James Fallows and Michael Kinsley, both Washington Monthly alums.

What did you have for breakfast? Grande soy latte and half a banana nut muffin

What’s your favorite item of clothing? Alden shoes–they last forever.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Plain old Crest

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? A humble America.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? GI Joe–service to country and he’s not anorexic