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

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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Cathy Alter, author of "Up for Renewal," set out to transform her life by following the advice in women's magazines.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Avoid making excuses or standing in long lines.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I'd wear it proudly, by Elvis Costello; New slang, by The Shins; Pink Night, by Jason Colett; Rise up with fists by Jenny Lewis; The Seed, by The Roots

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Is "tall" a trait? If not, I'd say my capacity to talk with my hands is pretty noticeable. And dangerous at times.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Every single character in Franzen's The Corrections.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I swear like a sailor, so I'm afraid my most overused word rhymes with 'duck." Interestingly enough, my other most overused phrase is 'I love you,' which I enjoy saying almost as much as the word that rhymes with duck.

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