Ten Questions with Lucy Sante

An illustration of Lucy Sante
Illustration by Alex Tatusian

Ten questions for Lucy Sante, author of the gorgeous new book I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition, out now from Penguin Press. Equally beloved by Lux editors are her other works about people and places on the verge: Low Life, Kill All Your Darlings, The Other Paris, Maybe the People Would Be the Times, and Nineteen Reservoirs. Congrats to Lucy on her recent retirement from teaching at Bard College!

Where are you right now?
At home, in my basement office.
What are you never without?
My e-cigarette (I’m an addict of 50+ years’ standing).
When and where do you do your best thinking?
Sometimes in bed, sometimes while driving, sometimes in the shower.
What’s the last project you abandoned?
A biography of Lou Reed.
Favorite novel?
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino.
Favorite smell?
Lilacs.
What’s your utopia?
The city, circa 1960, socially ameliorated but technologically unchanged.
How are you experiencing gender these days?
I’m feeling content and fulfilled within myself, but isolated from almost the entire rest of the world.
What’s your luxury that money can’t buy?
Time.
What do you fantasize about?
Love.