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Shane Harris: The FishbowlDC Interview

shaneharrismug.jpgSay hello to the National Journal’s Shane Harris.

How many suits do you own?</B Three suits, one tuxedo, and a white dinner jacket.

What word do you routinely misspell? Dessert.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Natch.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? Affirmative.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Tone 1, 2nd movement.

What time did you get up this morning?7:30.

When did you last cry and why? Interviewing survivors of the World Trade Center attack. I wasn’t expecting the stories to be that vivid.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Gluttony. I’m a cook.

Beach, city or country? I have all three. Beach house in the summer, apartment in the city, mother in the country. But if I had to pick a permanent location, it would be the country.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? My partner says yes. That’s good enough for me.

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, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni)


What color is your bathroom? The walls and tiles are white. The decor–imagine a flock of deisngers from Crate and Barrel unleashed on the set of “Rome.”

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Probably 150. How many are truly important? About 20.

What’s your opinion of New York City? Greatest city on earth.

What’s your favorite letter? S

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Anne Laurent, my first editor.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Once I downloaded a Meet the Press episode with Pat Roberts and someone I forget now. There was no video, so I listened to it at the gym to distract me from the pain of running.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? Shemp?

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? I volunteered my opinion at the last staff meeting, but that’s hardly a public service. I did, however, help repaint an elementary school two years ago.

Who is your favorite active journalist? I’m sure I’m supposed to say Andy Rooney, but the real answer is Malcolm Gladwell.

What did you have for breakfast? I know I’m supposed to say Andy Rooney, but it was a Raisin Walnut Clif Bar.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? My gray Monhegan, Maine, t-shirt

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Can’t you ask me something easy, like who is a better role model, GI Joe or Barbie?

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Mind-reading.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? GI Joe–he had more joints and you couldn’t chew off his feet.

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