Cathy Alter

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Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Avoid making excuses or standing in long lines.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Looking for treasures at the fleamarket.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Every single character in Franzen's The Corrections.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I swear like a sailor, so I'm afraid my most overused word rhymes with 'duck." Interestingly enough, my other most overused phrase is 'I love you,' which I enjoy saying almost as much as the word that rhymes with duck.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I'd wear it proudly, by Elvis Costello; New slang, by The Shins; Pink Night, by Jason Colett; Rise up with fists by Jenny Lewis; The Seed, by The Roots

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