Gail Collins

Gail Collins
The New York Times

Gail Collins is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, where she previously served as editorial page editor—the first woman to hold that position. She is the author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present; America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines; and Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dan Collins.


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Q & A

Where are you from?
Originally, Cincinnati Ohio

Who are your favorite writers?
For journalism, I'd have to go with my fellow op-ed columnists at the Times. For fiction, I've always hung onto my Charles Dickens obsession.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Reading, walking the dog.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Never quit your job until you've got a new one.

What is your favorite quote?
"Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise."—F. M. Colby

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Where do you get your ideas?
I've never really had a good answer for that.

What inspired you to write your first book?
The millennium was coming and it seemed like an invitation to look back and determine who invented the fork.

Where do you write?
At home, on a computer.

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William Henry Harrison
The American Presidents
Gail Collins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The president who served the shortest term—just a single month—but whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's...


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