QB at Quiet Bubble tagged me with this meme. I enjoy his take on Jackson, Miss., and all things literary. Here goes.
1. What are three of the stupidest things you’ve done in your life?
a. During my second week at college, I said, “Yes,” when a young man from the Southwest asked me if I knew how to shoot tequila.
b. I turned down an invitation to membership in my high school’s math honorary club.
c. I shot the bird at a rednecky car passing me on I-40 East.
2. At the current moment, who has the most influence in your life? My family.
3. If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed
to pick up to five people to dine with, who would you pick?
a. My great aunt Mary Frank: Because I miss her so much and because she would make everyone feel at home. Plus, she would probably bring something delicious that she cooked. I could listen to her stories about College Grove all night.
b. Anne Moody: To say that her book, Coming of Age in Mississippi, opened my eyes is an understatement. I still have my tattered copy that I bought at the Jackson Mall.
c. Harper Lee: I’m not sure how well literary recluses do at dinner parties, but I think my aunt would get her to talking.
d. J.D. Salinger: What the heck.
e. Alvin Ailey: He founded my favorite dance company ever. Plus, I'd have to sneak in James Marshall, the wonderful children's book author. Like Alvin Ailey, he grew up in the Lone Star State, so they could talk Texas.
4. If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they
To play bass in a funk band. To spend summers in Madrid with my family. To be able to draw really well.
5. Someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live at the moment.
Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should
a. I regret that my town doesn’t have more affordable restaurants that actually serve good food. More ethnic eateries would be especially appreciated. I also wish it had more sidewalks so that you could get all over town just by walking.
b. Avoid I-95. Ugh. Also, avoid thinking that everyone here is like the Type A commuter on the 6:35 a.m. train.
6. Name one event that has changed your life. I wrote to a magazine I always wanted to work for, and someone from there called me and asked me to come interview.