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    Tell Us About Yourself(ie): Tim Gunn

    The man who always "make[s] it work!" takes our Q&A.

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    What’s your wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?

    Sorry to disappoint, but the standard right-out-of-the-box background.

    When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?

    A Manhattan on the rocks, preferably with Bulleit rye.

    What’s the one word you are guilty of using too often?


    What is the last thing you searched for on Google?

    “Lizzie McGuire”

    Who is the last person that called or texted you?

    Call: my sister. Text: my friend Ken.

    What was the last awkward situation you were in and how did you handle it?

    A woman on the street asked me whether she was wearing the right size bra(!). I answered, “I assume that by asking the question you are also answering it. There’s a great undergarment shop in the next block. I advise you to go there and have a fitting.” Awkward.

    When is the last time you went to a theater?

    Saturday, January 17.

    What TV show should everyone be watching?

    Bates Motel on A&E.

    And what is your TV guilty pleasure?

    Bates Motel.

    What’s the first album you bought?

    I studied the classical piano for many years, so probably Artur Rubenstein playing anything by Chopin. After that, it was Sonny and Cher and The Mamas and the Papas.

    What is the one food you can’t resist?

    French fries. Forever.

    What music are you currently listening to?

    I’m rediscovering Mahler. I can’t get enough.

    What movies make you laugh the most?

    I’m a tough audience for a laugh, but Woody Allen never fails.

    What drives you absolutely crazy?

    Here in NYC, it’s people who walk and text. Stop it!

    Pick one: Kittens or Puppies?

    Kittens? Really? Puppies, please!

    New York or Los Angeles?

    New York!

    Comedy or drama?

    Comedy; life’s too short.

    Bacon or Nutella?

    No contest: Bacon

    80’s or 90’s?

    80’s. I hated that decade, but at least it had a point of view.

    Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire?

    Ummm, neither?

    And finally: tell us a secret.

    Well, it’s out now: I can’t abide cats.

    Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor is out now in bookstores everywhere.

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