1.) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
On the Supreme Court. Failing that, the MVP of the Superbowl. Gotta have a backup plan.
2.) Who is your real-life superhero?
Justice Thomas. He has an incredible life story and reached the highest heights in his profession. He consistently does what he thinks is right in the face of constant criticism and derision.
3.) Where is Waldo?
In Gitmo. Uncle Sam finally got tired of him getting lost all the time so they shipped him out for indefinite detention.
4.) What is your greatest non-academic/non-professional accomplishment?
For years, I played a game called “e-wresting,” in which the players invented fictional wrestlers and wrote in character interviews discussing upcomingmatches between their different characters. These were supposed to be substantive interviews that fleshed out your character’s personality and advanced a story line. In some of the more serious games, interviews could be tens of pages long. I was quite good at this game, and I am unreasonably proud of my accomplishments therein.
5.) Would you date someone with a different political orientation than yours?
Sure, I would date someone of a different political persuasion. I probably would not get along great with some hardcore Birchers, Randians, or Communists, but even there I would take it on an individual-by-individual basis.
6.) You are writing a 300-page memoir. What is the first sentence on page 207?
“I had absolutely no idea what she was thinking.” That appears in the book so often that it’s a safe bet you’d pick it at random.
7.) What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memories are likely all manufactured memories based on my imagination and stories that I’ve heard from my parents. I think that I remember moving from an apartment in Queens to a house in New Jersey, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t a real memory. I also remember a Pesach seder with my parents and grandparents. I was terrified when we opened the door for shefoch chamatcha, because I thought Elijah would be there for sure and Armageddon would start as soon as we opened the door.
8.) What is your favorite show from
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
9.) Something most people don’t know about me is...
I’m a big fan of the band Dashboard Confessional.
10.) What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like to read, watch baseball and football, swim, write, and host Shabbos dinner.
11.) Who would play you in the movie about your life? Why?
Some kind of animated character. By the time they make a movie about my life, all roles will be played by animated characters or robots.
12.) What is a deal breaker for you
on a date?
I was once set up with a woman who worked in an abortion clinic--a fact that I only found out while speaking to her. That was one of the most uncomfortable and awkward conversations that I’ve ever had.
13.) What do you hope to find over the rainbow?
Wisdom and insight.Oh and an army
of flying monkeys. Definitely flying monkeys.
14.) What is your favorite quote? Why?
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” [The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald] It captures the mixture of frustration and hope that seem ever-present in life.
15.) What is the best book you have read recently? Why?
I really enjoyed Yuval Levin’s Our Fractured Republic. It persuasively describes many of the problems ailing our society.
When she is not writing, Batya H. Carl works as a school counselor for Prince William County Public Schools. She is a Washingtonian from birth and currently resides in Northwest Washington, where she regularly attends Congregation Kesher Israel.