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Donna Tartt - Introvert

"I'm used to spending a lot of time by myself. It's the difference between being an introvert and an extrovert. Extroverts draw energy from being around people; and introverts draw energy from being on their own." So, she enjoys solitude. "Yes. Not to the extent of shunning all human companionship, but it's nice to come home at the end of the day and have your book and your little glass of whiskey." The suggestion that Tartt retreated into some sort of Salingeresque reclusive existence, however, is somewhat wide of the mark. She gave up her Greenwich Village apartment and lived for a while in the Gramercy Park Hotel before moving to a mews apartment on the Upper East Side. With the proceeds of The Secret History she also bought the house in Virginia, where she spends most of her time. She traveled extensively in India, Nepal, Africa and Japan, and published short stories, essays and criticism.

Then back to work again. Back to my desk.

Robert Birnbaum: What do you do for fun?

Donna Tartt: See friends, go to the movies...

Robert Birnbaum: Read?

Donna Tartt: Actually, mostly read. Work in my garden and play with my dogs.

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