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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 acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I have always wanted to be a back-up singer for a Motown group like the 1960s-era Supremes. Obviously, this involves not just acquiring a new talent, but time travel as well.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I asked my youngest daughter this question, and her reply was, "Your surly demeanor." Book reviewers, take note.

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.

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