"VANITY FAIR" interviewED ZADIE SMITH in December. I had my own answers.
Q: What historical figure do you most identify with?
A: For those of you who read my first novel, THE PROVIDER, (and it makes sense that it would be my first), I answered, My mother. No surprises for you who have also read this novel. Interestingly, I hadn't consciously known it until I read the VF question.
Q: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
A: indifference. I also deplore it in others.
Q: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
A. Truthfulness at the expense of kindness.
Q: Which talent would you most like to have?
A: Speed reading. (Same for Zadie)
Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A: Getting to the university (Same for Zadie)
Q: What is the quality you most like in a man?
A: Kindness (Same for Zadie)
Q: What is your motto?
A: "Everything is harder than you think, and everything takes longer than you think."