Em asked: If you could change your race what would you want it to be?
The short answer is: I don't have a race any more than anyone else does. But of course, I do. The one I resemble. If I could change my appearance, I'd like to be dark - Phillippino? Laotian? Indian? Some kind of Pacific Islander? African would be good, too, but I have to admit, I am fond of my straight, maintenance-free hair.
Effortlessly Average asked: if you were to look into a passenger side mirror with a pair of binoculars, would everything appear normal sized or would the mirror itself just appear closer?
Answer: I do not have a car - or binoculars, but my guess is that I'd see what I would normally see if I looked into a regular mirror with a pair of binoculars on front of my eyes. (Binoculars).
He also asked: What do you look for in a guy? Nothing. I haven't dated in almost two years and have no plans to start again. If I were to date, I can only tell you I know what I like when I see it. Back when I was looking, three things mattered more than any others: brains, integrity, and because I am slightly shallow (get it?) height. I 5'10" to 6'1" is perfect. Taller is acceptable, but not ideal, Shorter than 5'9" just doesn't attract me. I also like outdoor people who are not fussy and who don't care about money.
123Valerie asked: what is your favorite number, and why?
Answer: My favorite number is eight (8). I have no idea why I like it so much, but I always have.
Molly asked: If you could live inside of any book, which one would you pick and why?
Answer: What I really want to say? Bleak House. But of course, I am lying. I don't want to live all cooped up in a castle bent over my needle-work. (My life is like that right now).
Bermudabluez asked: Ok.....how about....are you a city girl or a country girl?
Answer: I am a country girl living happily in the city. I love being outside, so I try to get out of Manhattan as often as I can.
Avitable asked: I can't ask dirty questions? Damn it!
Answer: What your question, the answer was probably yes. So go ahead and giggle.
byJane asked: what's your dissertation [going to be] about? Or at least the title, including all ellipses and the obligatory shit after [out of] the colon.
Answer: My dissertation is about Depression Era literature having to do with post Civil War social problems involving race. The main idea is that modernity (in the form of the introduction of electrical power in the south) and other forms of technology causes anxiety similar to the anxiety caused social problems of race. Several novels demonstrate this by using unusual and striking metaphors involving the violence of change brought about by technology - and that the metaphors appear in racially charged situations. If you don't have any idea what I am talking about, congratulations. It means you are still sane.
Nightfly asked: What brought you to blogging?
Answer: I started blogging during the summer of 2007. I did so because my professional life was falling apart at the same time as my personal life, both in terms of my family and my friends, was also falling apart. With everything around me out of my control, I wanted to be able to write and create the illusion of agency that having my very! own! website! would provide. It has worked out nicely. I am a leaf in the wind of other people's plans in my real life, but THIS? This is MINE.
He also asked: My word verification is "kmarjf." What is a kmarjf? Or, how does one kmarjf? Or is it an adjective, as in "That's kmarjfy, man."
Answer: I am going to guess that kmarjf is a verb, and that the verb is regular, and that is means "observe with compassionate interest." Example "When I got to the party, I kmarjfed that Nina was wobbling down the steps with two glasses of wine."
Woodrow asked: What are you listening to? Reading? Thinking? Drinking?
Answer: I am listening to John Eliot Gardiner's "Israel in Egypt" - and when I am not listening to that, and I am listening to "Mantra Mix." I just got done reading Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.
It is a psychology book that explains is accessible, but scientific terms, how and why people miscalculate what will make them happy. Interesting read. I am half way through reading Larry Brown's Big Bad Love
for the 100th time at least. Before that I read Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
and CHarles Bukowski's Ham on Rye.
Sandy asked: What was the last meal that you cooked?
Answer: Tilapia with balsamic vinegar reduction, snap peas, and mashed potatoes. I made it for my dad.
and Do you really knit a pair of mittens every week?
Answer: Yes, I do.
and Do you put dunk your oreos? If you were to eat oreos. In milk of course.
Answer: I don't eat oreos. I just don't like them much.
Cajunvegan asked: What is your most unusual nighttime ritual?
Answer: I don't really have any. I used to have an elaborate skin care ritual, but the last few years I have been more concerned with other things, like sleeping, to worry too much about eye cream. I do floss every night and put in piece of molded plastic in my mouth before I go to bed. If I didn't, I would grind my teeth to dust in my sleep.
e! asked: Mary Ann or Ginger?
Answer: Mary Ann. But I think you already knew that.
Mallory asked: What is your favorite mistake?
Answer: My favorite mistake is a guy named... oh, we'll call him Owen. Owen and I went to graduate school together and dated - or whatever you called what we were doing - for nearly two years. We never had any illusions about having a future together; he was too young for me and also, by his own admission, so screwed up from his Mormon upbringing that he wasn't really capable of a normal relationship. But we were great friends and I think we loved each other. He lives overseas now and though we are not in touch, I think of him all the time.
and What do you feel the most guilt about?
Answer: Having a pretty decent life that I would happily toss in the trashcan right now if I could figure out how to do it without going bankrupt and hurting anyone.
and f I gave you 1 million dollars and told you that you must spend it all on yourself, what would you buy?
Answer: My father's house.
Julie asked: Ok, if you had to go a day eating three meals, which I know you won't do, what would you eat? Would Turkey Meatloaf be a choice?
Answer: Yes. I do not know why I love turkey meatloaf so much. But I do.