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Cathy Alter

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Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

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Cathy Alter

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Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

Photo Credit: Marissa Rauch

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Avoid making excuses or standing in long lines.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, humor, compassion.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. This feels like a trick question devised by my mother. Whom I actually do admire greatly. I also admire my father a great deal. Mostly because he made it through my book and is still speaking to me.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I tend to let my nutty imagination override a pretty stable reality. Which is a fancy way of saying, I can often invent problems that aren't even remotely possible in the real world.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet Jim Morrison and ask him if I could borrow his leather pants for a week or so.

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