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?