Jason Farago

Jason was born and raised in New York, escaped to London for a few years, and is now back in his beloved hometown. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian, explaining his bonkers homeland to an international audience – and when he's not doing that, he's a critic for Artforum, NPR, the New Republic, and who knows where else.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTO-BIOGRAPHY BE? Confessions. (Just like Rousseau. Or Usher.)

WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT AND WHY? A fresh Muji notebook, three black pens, my favorite cashmere zip-up, and enough underwear and socks to last me a year.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? São Paulo, or maybe Shanghai. Most locals would rather go to the beach or the country, but my idea of a getaway is to head to a city three times the size of New York. It’s how I relax.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY”, WHO WOULD IT BE? Definitely Walt Whitman, my fantasy boyfriend. America’s greatest poet was a diehard New Yorker. I wish we could hop on a ferry from Manhattan to Brooklyn and hit on cute boys together.

WHAT OR WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY AND WHY? The unstoppable Dilma Rousseff – pretty much the only politician on the planet whom I actually admire. She endured years in prison and now she’s the president of booming Brazil. Millions of people have a better life now because of smart, effective government, and that gives me immense hope for the future.