A. teacher, grant writer, potter, usher, barista, editor for a yogi
A. Writing is by far my favorite but I was pretty bliss-filled making pots and selling them at art shows.
A. Nazareth Academy for HS, University of Wisconsin, Madison for undergrad, and Columbia University in NY for an MFA in writing
A. Raiders of the Lost Ark.
A. Mad Men and True Blood are going to have to duke it out between themselves.
A. Sleepless, caffeinated, passionate, surprising, loving, an eternal mystery,
A. The only things you will regret are the things you didn't do'
A. Everyone I love most in one big room eating and dancing and drinking and laughing with little kids running around with olives on their fingers and waiters walking around with flaming things, kebabs, flaming cheese, fondue.
A. It is so terrifying to me that if I tell you I'm afraid it will come true.
A. Barcelona- with a table full of tapas awaiting my fork.
A. Frida Kahlo
A. My mother. It's true.
A. I know!
A. It's a long story but there was a time in Africa with my mom when I refused to go on a second day of gorilla tracking and sat in a hotel room in Kigali journaling and watching lizards walk across the walls. What was I thinking?
A. To live and not need to sleep.
A. Stay tuned...
A. I sometimes forget to listen to my wise, loving, fearless inner voices and only listen to the mean, undermining, and insecure ones.
A. My sense of humor, of course!
A. Eh- I don't want to be anybody I'm not.
A. My laugh. Completely charming or heartstabbingly annoying, depending on your overall perspective.
A. Olympia Binewski from Katherine Dunn's Geek Love
A. Snow White's evil, vain, drop-dead beautiful stepmother who wants her heart "in this box!"
A. Teddy Roosevelt. "Kiss me, you fool."
A. When children have dirty ears. Especially mine. Is that insane?
A. Making and selling pottery. And face painting. Both really lucrative second careers.
A. I think this fiction writing thing's got me covered. Although I've always wanted to be an advertising creative and/or standup comedian, which are different versions of what I'm loving doing now.
A. Integrity. Honesty. Sense of freaking humor.
A. Authentic Mexican food of all kinds.
A. What a cruel question. These are in no particular order: Hey, by The Pixes, The Money Song from Cabaret (the Alan Cumming version), Vicious by Lou Reed, Stand and Deliver by Adam Ant, and Blister in the Sun by The Violent Femmes. Each one of those songs makes me feel like the strongest version of myself that there is. They were all on the playlist for AND THEN THINGS FALL APART.
A. Jane Bowles, A.M. Homes, Issac Babel, Dorothy Parker, James Cain, Denis Johnson, J.D. Salinger, Lorrie Moore, George Saunders, Jeffrey Eugenedies...Stop me before I hurt someone.
A. The Bell Jar (duh!)MiddlesexGeek LoveThe Safety of ObjectsThe Portable Dorothy ParkerThe Master and MargaritaThe extra one is a bonus and free of charge.
A. I'm not a big re-reader. There are too many books. Too little time. That's a bumper sticker on some awesome librarian's car, I'm sure.
A. Don't give up, don't be scared, and don't forget to read.
A. I'll let you know as soon as I know.