Ann Redisch Stampler on AFTERPARTY
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If not now, when?
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Actually. Really. Really. Actually. You got a problem with that? Really...
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I have several flaws competing for greatest: not enough patience, not enough self-discipline, temper, too perfectionistic, too sensitive (and not in the good way).
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading. Hanging out. Movies. Walks in cool/beautiful places.
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.