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John Dickerson: The FishbowlDC Interview

dickersonhead.jpgSay hello to Slate’s Chief Political Correspondent, John Dickerson, whose new book, “On Her Trail” came out this week. He will also have a 7 minute piece on NPR’s “Day to Day” today about his mother, Nancy Dickerson, that will use some old audio from 1961.

How many suits do you own? 10. How many would I wear? Three. But not at once.

What word do you routinely misspell? Every word.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No. I have young children.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? See above. Plus, I read the dreadful book.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate

What time did you get up this morning? 4:30

When did you last cry and why? When I re-read my eulogy to my mother.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Pride.

Beach, city or country? Country

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Humble.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin)


What color is your bathroom? The color of my parachute: peach.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 400

What’s your opinion of New York City?I’ve always loved New York City and I would say that to its face.

What’s your favorite letter? The one offering to buy my novel.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Bob Dylan and Nancy Dickerson

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Slate podcasts, NYT book review, Slate book club, Republican conference podcasts, Speaking of Faith, Digital Debates, All Sunday shows, News Hour, BBC World Service.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? I’ve never watched the show.

Who is your favorite active journalist? The White House wire reporters. They work hard, fast and with no ego.

What did you have for breakfast? Coffee and Claritin.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? My detachment.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Contacts

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? The British Empire of the late 19th century.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? GIJoe.

Each FishbowlDC Interview subject is asked to contribute a word to this ongoing thread. Thus far we have…”Leprechaun suits shimmer Sensenbrennerly. Never regurgitate, orginate! Ideally, chutzpah feathers one’s soul melodically. Rhythmically, supergalifragilistic sounds baroque indeed nefarious but Springsteen defenestrates only stumblebums vote. Dirk Kempthorne…” squats…

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