The Insider: Maris Kreizman
Bookworm as a compliment? You betcha. Our girl Maris Kreizman masterfully mashes up your favorite TV habits with literary goodness on her epic Tumblr, Slaughterhouse 90210—if you aren’t following it already, what in god’s name have you been doing?! Here, what she’s contemplating when she’s not pairing The Voice with Philip Roth and Gilmore Girls with P.G. Wodehouse.
Q: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever worn?
A: There’s a photo of me all dressed up for middle school orientation. I’m wearing Z. Cavaricci-esque jeans rolled up with a denim button-down on top and white socks rolled with scuffed Keds. I have my hair in a side ponytail using my best scrunchie (black-and-white striped), and my mom had helped me tease up my bangs to great heights. It was terrible and glorious—I’m from New Jersey.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing on your bookshelf?
A: I love books, all kinds of books, and I don’t embarrass easily. But I will say that Stop Being a Hater and Learn to Love the O.C. is rather preposterous. (But still, Seth & Summer 4eva.) The author of that preposterous book went on to write one of the smartest books about TV I’ve ever read: The Revolution Was Televised.
Q: If you could go on a cross-country road trip with three people, dead or alive, who would you pick?
A: Let’s make it an all-ladies road trip: I want Hillary Clinton driving, Nina Simone DJing, and Dorothy Parker cracking jokes.
Q: What’s one TED talk that doesn’t exist yet that you wish you could watch?
A: “Danson: A Television Journey from Cheers to Damages and Beyond.”
Q: What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten to write about?
A: I love doing the best books of the year post for Slaughterhouse 90210. It’s where I get to evaluate my year in reading and do a lot of gushing. This past year, I got to gush over some of my friends’ books, some big-buzz books, some quieter ones, and also Ke$ha. I love gushing about Ke$ha.
Q: Favorite Of a Kind edition at the moment?
Q: What website can you absolutely not live without?
A: Vol. 1 Brooklyn is my favorite literary/cultural site around. It manages to be super smart without ever being stuffy, serious without forgetting to have a sense of humor.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever made with your own two hands?
A: I’m pretty proud of my “The Many Ties of Adam Scott” Pinterest board. Does that count?