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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, humor, compassion.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet Jim Morrison and ask him if I could borrow his leather pants for a week or so.

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?

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. This feels like a trick question devised by my mother. Whom I actually do admire greatly. I also admire my father a great deal. Mostly because he made it through my book and is still speaking to me.

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