Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I’m Emily Kropp, aka TooManyRonis.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m the community manager at StyledOn.com as well as a freelance journalism and social media consultant. I keep a blog at ABetterRoni.com, where I write about sneakers, streetwear, music, fashion, and whatever else tickles my fancy. I have an ongoing project called “My Style Then and Now” where I take old photos of myself as a kid and recreate the outfits I wore. My style really hasn’t changed that much, for whatever that’s worth.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Portland, Oregon, and I’ve been living in New York for the past eight years, and Brooklyn for four of those. I don’t anticipate living in New York forever; as silly as Portland can be at times (see Portlandia), it really is a nice place to live, and I think I’ll wind up back there eventually.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Jackie Chan. Also, Tinker Hatfield, Edwin Hubble, and Dr. Kimberly Shaw. And I want to shout out George Lazenby because even though he is endlessly crapped upon for being the worst of all the Bonds, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a really awesome movie and I think he did great.
5: What book is your bible?
What a toughie! Two of my favorite books have castle-based titles: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson. Wonderful, loveable teenage girls narrate both, and both are infinitely re-readable. They are great books to get lost in on a rainy day.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love sneakers, marathoning episodes of TV shows back to back (most recently Sons of Anarchy, which I highly recommend), rap music, the spicy godfather hero from Graham Avenue Meats and Deli, training montages in movies, my family, any situation that could be considered cozy, looking at pictures of outerspace, crewneck sweatshirts, and the Uncharted trilogy for PS3. I hate when you are watching TV and the ads get really loud so you are always having to adjust the volume, I hate when you buy prepackaged sandwiches at the airport and they don’t have any mayo or mustard on them, I hate the smell of flower water if you leave it too long, I hate the way Renee Zellweger looks when she is at awards shows or just generally when she is not talking, and I hate when people lean their whole body against the poles in the subway.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I make a real effort to pursue and indulge my own curiosity. I really like learning new things and new skills, and in the age of the internet and Wikipedia, there is no excuse not to. I recently taught myself how to knit a herringbone pattern, and I once took a class about bones where we got to reconstruct the skeletons of road kill. I love sites like EnglishRussia.com and finding internet rabbit holes like the flickr pools of people who collect these crazy goth-scene dolls and take pictures of them in really elaborate set-ups. I spend a lot of time on Wikipedia, especially when I’m travelling. This summer I spent a few days in North Carolina and had dinner in Wilmington, which I looked up and learned is the site of the only municipal coup d’etat in U.S. history. I’m sure some people might not think that’s very interesting, but I love discovering little nuggets like that.
8: What is your favorite color?
Lately, slate gray and midnight blue. I think this is because I am missing the Oregon coast, which is gorgeous but pretty moody looking for most of the year.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I’m gonna have to go with Gambit. The Bo staff and card-throwing combo is so weirdly awesome. He was hugely popular when we traded in X-Men cards in elementary school (and I’m a sucker for his windswept bangs). Of the more contemporary heroes: I love Yorick Brown and have forced pretty much everyone I know to read the Y: The Last Man series.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
There is a spot in Greenpoint called The Bar Without A Name (seriously) that is currently my favorite weekend hangout. The DJ there on Friday nights is insanely good. I don’t go to bars to listen to The Smiths; give me some Mystikal or Lumidee and I’m a happy girl. The drinks are cheap and the bartenders are nice, too!
11: What turns you on?
Very funny people and dance parties.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What album would you take to a desert island? To which I would respond, R. Kelly “Double Up.”
Emily Kropp is a writer, editor, and social media consultant living in Brooklyn, New York. She has written about art, fashion, music, and travel for nationally distributed publications including Whitewall Magazine and Zink Magazine. Her recent work includes interviews with designer Thakoon Panichgul, gallerist Jen Bekman, and all-girl pop group The Suzan, among others. She has covered New York Fashion Week for the past four seasons and has written album reviews for online and print publications spanning a wide range of genres. A Portland, Oregon native, Emily is currently working on a dissection of hip-hop and rap records from the past twenty years by exploring the musical samples they feature.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Jen Siska
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Emily Kropp, Fall 2011, Photography by Emily Kropp