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 greatest achievement?

A. Some days I feel like my greatest achievement is just remembering to put on pants before leaving the house. But, on a larger scale, I think writing my book was pretty huge. There were many days when I just wanted to chuck it all and get a job at Queen Nails.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I tend to let my nutty imagination override a pretty stable reality. Which is a fancy way of saying, I can often invent problems that aren't even remotely possible in the real world.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

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

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. After superstar drummer, it would be archaeologist.

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