Big, as in Mrs.

The end of Sex and the City left fans of the TV phenomenon without their weekly revelations about city women's feminine mystique. No more jokes involving pubic hair, female farts, or romps with sexy yoga instructors. We caught Candace Bushnell, author of the book that started it all, in a respite from the city. She gave insights to fuzzy slippers, men and women, and reality television.

New Times: Most important question first. What kind of shoes are you wearing?

Candace Bushnell: I'm in the country so frankly, I'm wearing LL Bean slippers. They're fleece sheepskin.

About the HBO finale, isn't rekindling an on-again-off-again relationship a sign of codependent and sick people? Why did Carrie get Mr. Big?

I think Mr. Big's the kind of man that I think that women will always be drawn to and always be curious about. He's the kind of man that is always a little bit elusive.

What do men need to know about women that wasn't covered in the TV show?

I just think women are taking over. We see more women that outearn their husbands and they outearn men. When you watch a show like The Apprentice you see that women are really quite competent.

Do you watch a lot of TV?

Sometimes. I'm a big fan of The Apprentice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The L-Word is really fun.

The Apprentice? Perhaps you're drawn to Donald Trump because he's a Mr. Big?

I suppose in a way you could call Donald Trump the ultimate Mr. Big. He is a big N.Y. character. He's definitely someone I get a kick out of.

Do you get free HBO?


You mean they make you pay for it?

I never thought about it. I probably had HBO before Sex and the City anyway.

Your current book is called Trading Up; what does the title allude to?

It's about the ambitious nature of New Yorkers. As Donald Trump says, "It's a jungle out there."

Donald Trump again, eh?