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30 April 2007

questions from caroline, who in turn got her questions from jana.

1. who are your two favorite authors–one prose, one poetry, and why?
ah. the favorite author question which always stymies me. i can’t definitively name favorites, but i’ll give you two from my larger group of favorites. poetry: emily dickinson. she’s always up there. because she packs a lot into a small package. because she’s irreverently spiritual. because she has a slant approach to truth. prose: i really truly do not know. so i’ll just say arundhati roy cause i’m looking forward to reading the god of small things again. it’s a gorgeous, disturbing novel that completely entranced me on my first reading and about which i have written twice and about which i will undoubtedly write again. a fascinating examination of boundaries and identity in relationship to love.

2. what were the saddest and happiest moments of your day (friday, when caroline sent these)?
saddest: that’s tough cause friday was all in all a very good day. maybe getting home from the arcade fire concert at 1 in the morning and realizing that i couldn’t hear them live again. i quickly decided i should go to their show in l.a. next month. that’s a pretty rare day for me; i usually have much sadder moments brought on by my own ineptitude or by the news. happiest: well, there was the post-concert euphoria that stayed with me all day. but a single moment? probably while i was looking at matisse’s ‘the black shawl (lorette vii)‘ because i had one of those moments when image and reality came together in a provocative way.

3. what is your favorite thing to do on a saturday?
getting out in the world to discover something new, whether it’s a museum or other cultural event or a restaurant or a mountain trail. and preferably done in company with good friends.

4. if you were a congresswoman, what is the first thing you would try to accomplish?
well, there are a million things i’d like to see change. but highest priority in my mind is addressing international crises–first and foremost the situation in darfur. i don’t know exactly what steps i’d take, but there are a few. divestment of any and all government funds invested in corporations that do business with the sudanese government. imposition of sanctions against the sudanese government. a more powerful mandate for the african union and greater u.n. involvement. there’s a start.

5. what’s your favorite flower?
another impossible question. there are just way too many. but i’m going with the predictable: roses. but not for the predictable reasons. i like hot house roses, but i prefer the more chaotic beauty of roses on bushes. there’s just something so profligate in their beauty. that said, i have yet to meet a flower i didn’t love.

{if you want five questions of your own, leave me a comment telling me so. you should include either an email address so i can send you questions. or you can leave a link to your blog and i’ll post questions in a comment.}

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 April 2007 7:46 pm

    Hey Am, Leave me some questions…but don’t make them too hard! love ya

  2. 30 April 2007 7:55 pm

    okay. i’m sending them off by email. look for them there.

  3. 30 April 2007 10:23 pm

    OK, send me some questions. I want to be in on it.

  4. 1 May 2007 8:37 am

    they’re off by email.looking forward to answers from both of you.

  5. 10 May 2007 8:54 pm

    it’s always fun for me to find memes i’ve done make their way to you via jana. :o)

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