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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I really loved the narrator of Dave Egger's "You Shall Know By Our Velocity."

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

A. McDonald's French fries.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. After superstar drummer, it would be archaeologist.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I sure hope a copy of this questionnaire isn't going to my shrink! Hmmm. I only know how to be me - so I pick me, but a version of me that doesn't watch so much bad television. Has the long-term effect of The Hills been cleared by the FDA?

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