Ann Redisch Stampler on AFTERPARTY
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If not now, when?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Not screwing up my kids.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I like being myself.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. One hopes this is something like wit, charm, and integrity but worries it is actually huge thighs or pathetically bad hair.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm nice. I think it's a greatly undervalued quality. I remember teachers railing about the blandness, lack of specificity, and overall blah nature of the word "nice." But I beg to differ. As interesting as it is to observe cutting wit and clever meanness from afar, I like nice. I don't mean that it's good to be nice in the face of Horrendous Evil or to roll over and not stick up for yourself or to be saccharine without a sense of humor or irony. But in everyday interactions, with family and friends and total strangers, I think it's important and it makes everything...well...nicer.