Jill Abramson Takes Vanity Fair's Proust Questionaire

The New York Times’ soon-to-be executive editor mentions her dog five times in the interview.

Jill Abramson’s favorite writers are Robert Caro and best friends Maureen Dowd and Jane Mayer. That’s revealed in Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire in its September issue with The New York Times’ soon-to-be executive editor.

Abramson mentions her dog five times in the interview — Worst fear: “Walking Scout and forget to bring a bag” — which is once more than she discusses the Times and twice more than she mentions her children.

Her favorite pastime? Rereading “The Great Gatsby” every year. Most treasured possession? Autographed Yankee pictures, “especially one with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.”

Her most “marked characteristic” is her “peculiar Upper West side drawl” (which she would no doubt pronounce as, “drawwwwwwwllll”).

And what’s her greatest extravagance? “Replacing a pair of Lucchese cowboy boots after my dog, Scout, gnawed the toes off the first pair,” she told Vanity Fair.

Not incidentally, her book, “The Puppy Diaries,” comes out in October

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