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Three Minutes on a Park Bench With: Savannah Ashour

Tacos as a snack and other wisdom on being content in Kensington.

Savannah Ashour at Storm King Art Center
Savannah Ashour at Storm King Art Center

They say you can’t swing a cat and not wallop a writer in Brooklyn. 

Savannah Ashour, a writer and editor living in Kensington, does nothing to dispel this notion. 

Ashour, however, is also an “excellent interpretive dancer." And, she tells me she can do a mean Frida Kahlo. Consider my interest piqued:

Patch: What's your morning routine? 

Savannah: Drink the pot of tea that I pretend is going to prevent me from picking up a cortado once I get into the city, slowly perform series of PT exercises, read a couple of New York Times articles, clean self, attempt to dress self, attempt to incorporate vegetable into my breakfast.

P: What do you do for a living? And what's the best thing about your job?

S: I'm currently an editor at Workman Publishing, an independent publishing house with a huge amount of spirit and creativity. The best thing about it is collaborating with kind, talented, interesting, dedicated and funny people—people I will dearly miss as I go off on my own in transitioning from editing to ghostwriting. 

P: What's the hardest?

S: Giant, 1,000-page plus manuscripts that never, ever end.

P: How long have you lived here?

S: Five years in Kensington, 14 in Brooklyn.

P: What's your favorite thing about living here?

S: The trees, the old mansions, and the neighborhood feel. We haven't seen the influx of high-rises that has brought so much crowding to places like Fort Greene (my old hood.) And I love our small selection of restaurants and bars. 

P: If you had to arrange a secret meeting here, where would you have it?

S: "Meet me at the cul-de-sac on Albemarle" has a nice ring to it. ("With a suitcase full of unmarked bills" is implied.)

P: Tell us something about yourself that most of your neighbors don't know.

S: I just had to ask a friend how I should answer this, and she wanted me to let you all know that I am an excellent interpretive dancer.

P: When you want a really indulgent snack here, where do you go and what do you get?

S: Does a taco count as a snack? If so, tacos from Cinco de Mayo. Otherwise, the natural foods store on Cortelyou has fresh juices and all the pseudo-healthy chips a girl could want. 

P: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

S: A beloved dance teacher, Christine Wright, used to pull us aside and give specific recommendations as to whom to watch. My feet were always a mess, and she'd say, "See the way so-and-so uses her feet? Make your feet feel like hers." I use that advice in a variety of contexts—it's so different from the notion of "acting as if." The advice is to try to "feel as if," which is a pretty profound way to learn from other people.

P: What are you doing after this interview?

S: I'll be editing copy and routing book covers for the rest of the afternoon.

You can contact Savannah Ashour via LinkedIn.


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