A. waitress, ski instructor, kayak instructor, cook, newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, travel writer, condo cleaner in Aspen,
A. writing for the crazy joy of it, waitressing for a mellower and more sustained sense of well-being
A. Manual High School, Denver, Colorado, and the University of Colorado, Boulder
A. Bob Dylan, Christine Kane, Leonard Cohen, the Pogues, Greg Brown
A. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
A. Slings and Arrows, Scrubs
A. A state of complete openness most easily attained in the wilderness, or a sweat lodge, or after dancing or body surfing for a long time.
A. Right here, at home. I travel too much.
A. Oppressed people, and princesses
A. Stanford Addison and Barack Obama
A. all the superlatives -- beautiful! amazing! incredible! penultimate!
A. disproportional displays of temper followed by bad amounts of ice cream
A. To take things less personally.
A. my happy marriage
A. my hot temper
A. I'd like to be a whale on a planet like Earth but populated by a species that unlike our own is not hell bent on destroying the oceans.
A. accessibility. I think. Or hurriedness.
A. May Dodd, the heroine of Jim Fergus' One Thousand White Women, as well as the Stazi policeman who gets transformed on the job in the movie THE LIVES OF OTHERS
A. Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies
A. I would have a few choice words for Col. John Chivington, who masterminded the Sand Creek Massacre.
A. commercials before movies. at the theater!
A. a doctor
A. trustworthiness, honesty, kindness
A. Abandoned Love by Bob Dylan; Get Together by Jesse Colin Young, Now That You Know by Christine Kane, I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen, Mystical Warriors by Primeaux & Mike
A. Per Petterson, Marilyn Robinson, Ann Patchett, Jane Smiley, Louise Erdrich, Nuala O'Faolain, John Gardner, Jim Harrison
A. What is the What, One Thousand White Women, The Once and Future King, Gilead, Moo
A. I always reread my favorite books; I'm about due for a third round of One Thousand White Women.
A. Love the process more than the reward or your head will explode.
A. That they laughed.