Editor’s Note: This is the fourth interview of several we’ll be publishing this month, all with our section editors. Like the rest of the LARB ecosystem, their work depends on the generous support of everyday readers who keep LARB going;  we hope you’ll consider giving this month for our winter fund drive. 

    Meet Stephanie Cha, Noir Editor.

    What do you do and why? 

    I’m the new noir editor for LARB, but mostly, I’m a novelist. I write about L.A., particularly Korean-American L.A., and so far I’ve found it useful to do that through noir.

    What is your favorite place to write/edit outside of your home?

    I’m a homebody.

    What is your favorite thing to drink while writing/editing?

    Diet Cokes. I’m a fiend for them.

    NASA asks you to select one piece of art/literature/music/film to send into space that will explain our civilization to aliens. What do you chose and why? 

    This is a hard question! But for some reason The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty comes to mind.

    Share a cultural moment/experience you had in 2015 that you really enjoyed. 

    So many! I go to a lot of readings and other book-related events, and I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite. I guess outside of the literary sphere, I did love attending the finale taping for season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    Share a cultural moment/experience you had in 2015 that you really didn’t enjoy. 

    I went to the Integratron in Joshua Tree and a white dude in toe shoes and a coolie hat ruined it for everyone.

    What is the one question you always wish people would ask in interviews? Now answer it!

    What did you eat for lunch and why? I had some Thai food because I wanted some Thai food.