The BQA: Sasha Frere-Jones

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We had a feeling one of our favorite writers, Sasha Frere-Jones, lived in Brooklyn. Turns out the New Yorker pop music critic actually grew up here, and now, after a Manhattan move that lasted 20 years, he’s back in his childhood neighborhood of Fort Greene. Frere-Jones answered our latest BQA over the weekend, in the midst of the news about Michael.

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What’s so great about Brooklyn?
Country life.

Any gripes?
The monorail between Brooklyn and the mainland is unreliable and fraught with sleepytime perils.

Name in order: your favorite breakfast, dinner and late-night drinks spot:
Breakfast: Abraço, on East 7th in Manhattan. Dinner: Alta, on 10th Street and Sixth Avenue. Late-night: you’re paying.

A Brooklynite you’d love to meet:
The Dutch dude who bought everything in 1667.

One thing few people know about you:
I have an awful, tiny television.

What else do you want to be or do?
I want to be the German dude who invented magnetic recording tape.

What are you reading, watching, or listening to right now?
Michael Jackson.

Guiltiest pleasure in your fridge or cupboard:
What are you, Freud? I’m gonna be guilty about Tofutti?

What’s the one product, accessory, or piece of clothing you rely on to look good?
I will cut a bitch for my (Australian, pre-outsourcing) Blundstones.

Your dream place to live in Brooklyn:
The house I grew up in: 25 South Portland Avenue. (Get out of my house, colonials.)

Interview by Nicole. Photo by Piera Gelardi/Refinery29.

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