Meet Molly Young
on her morning routine
My morning routine: I put on a podcast (Open Source is my favorite; it keeps me smart). Splash cold water on face, apply Glossier Priming Moisturizer, put on makeup (Makeup Forever Eyeshadow, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, Tonymoly Easy Touch Coloring Browcara, Givenchy Magic Khol Eyeliner, RMS Living Luminizer) dress, walk to my office, and make a very strong cup of Irish Breakfast tea.
on taking a break
If I need a break at work, I like to watch the live auctions at Sotheby’s—they broadcast them on the website. One of the paintings that failed to sell last year at an Old Masters auction in London was this freaky little baby-man from the 1500s. I contacted the department and asked if I could make a deal with the seller, and a month later my painting showed up in a crate.
My pal James Siena (who is an artist and former frame maestro) helped me reframe it. It is the oldest thing I own by several hundred years.
on getting work done
If I need to concentrate on writing, I turn off my phone. But I still like to know what time it is. (Slightly compulsive.) Hence, there is always at least one clock within eyeshot of me. I buy them on eBay or Etsy.
on home decor
My advice on how to decorate your place is to first figure out what your favorite colors are and fill your house with them, then figure out what houseplants thrive in your apartment and fill your house with those, too.
on her personal style
I find a uniform and wear it until it bores me. Now I am wearing white Levi's 501 jeans every day with a white cotton or silk top. Yesterday, my younger brother said to me, 'You are dressed like a tampon.' I am fine with that.
on her beauty routine
I don’t really have a beauty routine, but an Aquis towel is magic if you have long hair. You wrap it around your soggy strands after the shower and five minutes later, your hair is 90% dry.
on writing advice
My only writing tip is to read a lot. As for career tips, turn in your work on time, find good editors to work with, and accept their edits gratefully.
molly's favorite books
Tokyo Fiancee by Amelie Nothomb, What Do You Desire?: Vol. II: n+1 Anthology by Various Authors, London Fields by Martin Amis, Martian Dawn by Michael Friedman, Loving Sabotage by Amelie Nothomb, The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning by David Owen
molly's favorite places in nyc
My favorite neighborhood bar is Clandestino
Lucky King Bakery has the best crispy sesame balls for an afternoon snack.
Odessa is my #1 diner. (Best banana pancakes.)
I look forward to every new issue of n+1 that arrives in my mailbox from Brooklyn.