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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’s your fantasy profession?

A. See question 11.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Same as most people's: that I'll lose someone I love. Also every mother's: that I'll die before my kids are ready to do without me.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Elizabeth I. Yes, I know that makes me sound grandiose. But ever since I saw the Glenda Jackson portrayal in a Masterpiece Theater production back when I was in high school, I've been obsessed.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Pip, in Great Expectations.

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