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Paper magazine’s man about town is all about dandy candy, elusive Garbo, and something called Toto 79.

ROOM 100: Name your poison, and why?
Candy. I think I am the reason Dylan Lauren’s Dylan’s Candy Bar pays their sky-high rent. I live close and I go to Dylan’s almost every day and spend money like a junkie with a bad habit. My fix: bubble gum, gummy anything, straight-up sugar. Willy Wonka is my hero.

What makes you happier than anything?
Traveling. Anywhere I haven’t been before is where I feel the most at home. Drop me in the middle of a dusty street in a small town in India and I am in heaven.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
I’m too embarrassed to say what it is. But the list is long.

What’s your “stripper’s name”? Take the name of your first pet as your first name and your first street name as your last?
Toto 79. Very futuristic-sounding.

Describe what your “last meal” would consist of, from appetizer to dessert, and drink of choice.
Not trying to wimp out – but I’d go to Sasubene (sushi) and do the “omakasa” (chef’s choice) and for dessert: floating island (ile flotant). And champagne, expensive champagne, to forget that it was my last meal. And a few Xanax too, as a side dish.

If you could purchase anything today, what would it be? Describe.
A house on the North Shore in Hawaii so I could surf whenever I wanted.

Where does your ultimate road trip take you?
From North Africa to South Africa and I live to tell all.

If you could spend an evening with one of these famous recluses-Harper Lee, Greto Garbo, or J.D. Salinger — which would it be?
Greta Garbo. J.D. Salinger is too grumpy. I would get Garbo drunk and see what happened.

If  you knew that the world was ending soon, where would you go, and what cherished item would you take with you?
Tokyo. My favorite city to visit. I’d just bring my Leica camera and wear a good outfit.