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Aug 08, 2007; wag Asks:

Honestly now Stacey, what's cuter; a baby skunk or a baby hedgehog?

Stacey answers:

The baby skunk.

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Aug 05, 2007; Zelda Fitz Asks:

Were you at the McDowell Colony? I think you thank them in one of your books. Do they really bring you your lunch in a basket and leave it on the steps of your cottage like Spalding Gray says in Monster in a Box?

Stacey answers:

Yeah, I went there a couple of times though I haven't been for a while. They do bring your lunch in a basket and leave it quietly, reverently on your doorstep. It sort of freaked me out to be treated so nicely when I'm used to people staring blankly if I say I'm a writer. Also, there was a sign near my cabin that said something like, "Welcome to MacDowell, where enduring works of art are forged." I would walk by it and think, holy shit. I better get on that.

Aug 01, 2007; Snarklegrump Asks:

Hi Stacey, What literary magazines do you read? Which ones do you like but can never find the time to read? What do you think makes a good 'zine?

Stacey answers:

Snarklegrump! I often read Zoetrope All-story, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, Hayden's Ferry Review (which by some miracle I get for free), and Spork, RIP. I also like to buy McSweeney's when I find it. Since I can't read everything and don't want to anyway, I try to read the Pushcart Anthology every year so I can at least read a bunch of good stuff.

I think a good, strong, defined aesthetic makes for a good 'zine. That's what I like about Fairy Tale Review.

Jul 28, 2007; floozed Asks:

Hello S.R. my girlfriend left town for a week and I've barely left the bedroom I just watch TV and masturbate...does this mean I'm agoraphobic and which prescriptions should I go for? I would much rather be normal, thanks, much obliged.

Stacey answers:

Uh, I'm stumped...I thought that was normal.

Jul 27, 2007; Wag Asks:

How do you feel about comic books being called "graphic novels?"

Stacey answers:

I like "graphic novel." It's pretentious but cute. You can hear the adolescent angst in it: "Shut up! I hate you! It's not a comic book! It's a GRAPHIC NOVEL!"

Jul 25, 2007; natasha Asks:

i was wondering what a human smells like??????

Stacey answers:

A human smells like unwashed hippie feet!!!!!!

Jul 25, 2007; tahli Asks:

do u smell???

Stacey answers:


Jul 23, 2007; Wag (No, not Luke Skywalker) Asks:

Hi Stacey! Is it okay for a TV watcher to like to read? Or should I just consider books to be script outlines that haven't been made into TV shows yet? P.S. May I play one of the Cavemen in Twin Stories: The Motion Picture?

Stacey answers:

Yes and yes. But you'll have to grow a big food-catching beard.

Jul 23, 2007; Luke G. Asks:

Hey Stacey! Wonderfalls was the EXACT show I was thinking of when I wrote my previous question. Anyway, another Q: What would Twin Stories: the Movie be like? Who'd star? Who'd direct? In what ways would it be dumbed down for mainstream appeal?

Stacey answers:

Whenever I think of Twin Study: The Movie I can't picture anything except Jennifer Aniston in a dual role. Jennifer Aniston with ratty hair, gesticulating, Jennifer Aniston with brushed-out hair, gesticulating. Eddie Murphy would direct. In a fat suit.

But wait, I just thought of an alternate version: Twin Study filmed on miniature sets starring rabbits dressed in human clothing. Oh my God! So, so cute. Amy Sedaris would direct, also in a fat suit.

Jul 22, 2007; Luke G. Asks:

Is it okay for writers to like TV? Of course I love literature, but there are some shows that excite me as much as my favorite books. Sometimes I feel like if I want to be a real writer, I should disdain TV as a low-minded medium.

Stacey answers:

It's okay with me. I was just thinking today about how much I liked the show Wonderfalls and was wishing it had had more seasons--maybe because Liam was asking about what to do with his life and that show was about a girl who finishes college and decides she doesn't want to do anything with her life. She moves into a trailer and works in a gift shop. That was an awesome show. I've never taken the distinction between high culture and pop culture very seriously. My boyfriend, who grew up in New York City and spent his whole life at Julliard, says that's because I grew up in Phoenix where there is no high culture. He used to try to talk about the finer points of these distinctions with me but I would stare at him blankly. I just think that things are good or they're not. I like reading because it's so engrossing and multi-layered and portable but TV glows in the dark and it's hard to argue with that.

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