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Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson is a reporter and essayist who has written about subjects ranging from psychiatry to law to the Civil War. She is the author of The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression and The Ghost in the House. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, their two daughters, one tabby cat, and an enthusiastic beagle named Max.
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Tracy Thompson
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Walt Kelly

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Bridge Over Troubled Water," by Simon & Garfunkle. "He, Watching Over Israel," by Felix Mendelssohn. "Keep Me, God," by Iris Dement.. "In My Life," by the Beatles, "Born This Way," by Lady Gaga. .

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Snorkling in the Virgin Islands would be pretty nice.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The scorpion in Aesop's fable, who gets the frog to carry him across a river and then stings the frog anyway "because it's my nature." That explains villains pretty well, I think.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Pip, in Great Expectations.

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