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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. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say banana pudding. I know I'd eventually get sick to death of it, but it would be a good death.

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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Abraham Lincoln. I'd ask him how he learned to write, and after he told me that I'd get him to talk about his mother.

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.

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