Judith Martin

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Judith Martin is awash on the stormy seas of etiquette and just as frequently, she is awash on the gorgeous canals of Venice where she makes her second home.

She is a Washington expert, having covered the White House before creating her advice column under its famous byline “Miss Manners.” This amusing but sternly correct taskmaster has written 14 books on how to behave, and has also done two novels, and her most recently-published work of nonfiction entitled No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice. She is married and has two children.

Do Venice and Washington, as the twain, ever meet? Well, President Bush minded his manners long enough to give Judith a 2005 National Humanities Medal.

My Favorites

Dead to Me:

  • Boredom, non-specific guilt and envy. They were forbidden me as a child, and I found I could get along quite well without them.

My Shoes:

  • Daniela Ghezzo at Segalin a Venezia

My Foods:

  • Home cooking by my husband, especially the caviar blini with which he courted me.

I Love(d) Listening To:

I Wish I Lived In:

  • The house I do live in, but with a less crowded attic

I Want to Own:

  • Any company that I must deal with (telephone, airline, electrical power) so that I could insist upon decent customer service.

My Dream Experience Would Be:

  • Singing the great soprano roles in the major opera houses to grateful audiences who would then unhitch the horses from my carriage and pull it through the streets. (If only I could carry a tune.)

The First Thing I Do in the Morning Is:

  • Try to remember the amazing idea that I had during the night

I Respect:

  • The offices of our government, if not always the office-holders.

I Love(d) Reading:

I Hoard:

Things that apparently nobody else wants, so they are no longer made, including:

I Use:

  • Asparagus holders
  • Strawberry forks
  • Salad knives
  • Fish forks and knives
  • Berry spoons
  • Corn forks
  • Lobster picks
  • Orange knives and spoons
  • Ice cream spoons
  • Fruit knives and forks
  • Sandwich tongs
  • Click here for all

I Admire:

What Wows Me:

  • Disinterested kindness

I Don’t Care What They Say:

  • I still won’t shorten my skirts.

My Remedies: