In response to True-To-You.net's "Questions answered" (February 21,2006), Morrissey mentioned Maureen Dowd:
"Who is your favorite author today?
(asked by) Svetlana Belgrade.
I like the American columnist Maureen Dowd - I think she's very funny, but then I read that she enjoyed eating chicken legs and .... well....that was the end of that romance. I don't read fiction. What's the point? The basic details of my own life are stranger than anything I ever come across in modern fiction. I tend to judge a book by its cover, and - ridiculously - with any book, I start at the final chapter and work my way to the first. This is probably a sickness."
Maureen Brigid Dowd (; born January 14, 1952) is an American columnist for The New York Times and an author. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Dowd worked for The Washington Star and Time, writing news, sports and feature articles. She joined The New York Times in 1983 as a metropolitan reporter, and became an op-ed writer in 1995. In 1999, Dowd received a Pulitzer Prize for her series of columns on the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal.