Ann Redisch Stampler on AFTERPARTY
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If not now, when?
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.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Warning: very old school songs ahead – Grapefruit Moon, Someone to Watch Over Me, Here Comes The Sun, Love is Just a Four Letter Word, and (just because I danced to it played on steel drums one starry night on the Equator) Whiter Shade of Pale.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Painting! It kills me that I can't illustrate my own picture books. (I mean, I could, but they'd be really bad and nobody would publish them.)
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
Well, of course, swords hammered into ploughshares and Total World Domination by people who think peace would be a pleasant change. But on a more personal level, good relationships, good books, good food, good music, writing going well, kids catapulting toward what they love, good health, movies with popcorn, a walk in the hills with my husband, a drive up the coast, a rainy day followed by brilliant sun only the sand is still wet and the ocean is grey. Daydreaming.