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Apr 27, 2007; Waggamemnon Asks:

Arcade Fire or Modest Mouse?

Stacey answers:

Oh God, are those my only choices? I say Julie London.

Apr 25, 2007; Minny Asks:

Do we know if expectant mother is going to follow your suggestion? if not, i'm going to name my next pet, child, plant or car, WHATEVER i have to your suggestion...another real question- when I give my notice at my current job to leave for my new job (and new town) do i just say adios i'll tell you how it goes when i get there, or do i have to reveal details about my new life? i have such a conflicting pride about what i'm doing. exchanging one life for another. sorry it's such a boring question. maybe you can give me a real clever line to give them when I quit.

Stacey answers:

Hi Minny. How about you give them a weird, intense stare and say in a monotone: "I'm going to a better place." Then they'll think you're committing suicide! Later, you can send back pictures of yourself laughing and looking fabulous with celebrities (since celebrities impress everyone). If you don't know any celebrities, you can fake it at a wax museum.

Maybe Expectant Mother will write back sometime and tell us what she named her baby. I hope so.

Apr 25, 2007; Dilemmizzle Asks:

Stace-face, Should I follow the guy to Houston-freaking-TEXAS?! (I know you like the desert and all, but I am used to a fecundity of vegetation and liberalism) OR should I move to New York (cause it's the thing to do) for some kind of publishing job, even though all I want is to be canonically awesome? Which do you think is more like selling out? And if your answer leads me down a road of regret and resentment, I will, of course, blame you whole-heartedly. P.S. I can NOT get ENOUGH of My Mother the Rock Star

Stacey answers:

Great, a chance to screw up your life! I'm so happy. Go to Houston. You'll probably hate it, but if you really want to be canonically awesome you need to have the time to write, and since New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, you'll have to spend all your time on the train because you're going to live in Queens. I don't know anyone (except editors) who really loves working in publishing anyway.

If I weren't so bossy, I would probably give you advice rather than tell you where to go. This advice would be based on how much you love the boy. Or on how much you like New York, and how much energy you have to work/ride trains/see the city/and write. Or how much you like to drive. I might also suggest you visit Houston and see what you think. I believe it's pretty green there--it's the humid, southern Texas, not the arid western part.

Apr 22, 2007; Curious Asks:

Dear Stacey, I'm sorry for the flip question, especially since it didn't garner real attention from you. Let me try again: Could you say a bit about your interest in twins, okay cavemen, and others in your stories--What attracts you to these characters, etc.?

Stacey answers:

Curious, I try to write about the things that I love or that fascinate me, and my main motivation is to not bore myself. I don't think: what would be wacky? but rather: what would be interesting to me? I realize there's a sub theme of same-but-different in this book: twins, clones, coyotes and dogs, the two string players, and, on a more species-wide level, cavemen. There are a lot of reasons why this theme is interesting to me, but mainly I feel it on a non-intellectual level, which is perhaps just another way of saying I like it.

I also sort of feel like, you know, who doesn't like identical twins and cavemen and clones without brains? I've sort of assumed that that everyone is fascinated by these things the way that everyone is fascinated by rainbows, dinosaurs, Ferris wheels, and serial killers.

Apr 22, 2007; expectant mother Asks:

Dear Stacey, I'm going to have a baby boy in July--very exciting! Do you have a suggestion for a strong, unique boy's name?

Stacey answers:

Spartacus, Sparky for short. Congratulations!

Apr 16, 2007; William Clifford Asks:

Hi Stacey, Whew, talk about hype. (You don't have to actually talk about it.) I'm afraid to finish my question now because it's so, um, basic (ie lame). But, I once heard there was no such thing as a stupid question (the man who told me that later went to prison, but that's a long, sordid story). So -- is the word "she" missing on pg. 260 (the last page, last sentence!!!)? Right in-between the words "since" and "was"? Yes, a fairly obvious question, but I think any reader who cares, who gives a damn, who hangs on to every word for dear life! would want confirmation. Stacey,can you confirm for me your editor's flaming oversight? All that beautiful momentum boobytrapped by a little ol' "she". Thank you. Sorry about the delay in responce, it took me several thousands of hours to fly from Chicago to NYC. PS One more question -- are you looking for blurbs from no-name authors (common people)? If so, I've thought of one for "The Land of Pain" which I will proudly give to the paperback edition of Twin Study. Just say the word.

Stacey answers:

William! You've returned! Thanks for pointing that out--I hadn't noticed the error. Almost every book has a typo or two but I wish this one wasn't the last sentence of the last story. But at least you read the whole book! That's good. Now that I know I can correct it in future editions which is important, so that wasn't a stupid question at all. I'm just a little depressed now.

Sorry it took me so long to answer. The website was being a bed website.

Apr 16, 2007; Curious Asks:

Dear Stacey: What's this with all the twin stories? Do you have an evil double?

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Apr 15, 2007; OCD reader Asks:

It's driving me crazy that William didn't finish that sentence. Please, William, or someone else, maybe Stacey, finish the thought before I'm forced to do something nutty like pluck tissues out of the box one by one and space them at exact, measured intervals around my bedroom to make up for the disharmony in the universe caused by that unfinished question.

Stacey answers:

I know, it's driving me crazy too. I emailed him and asked him to finish it--but maybe he never intended to finish it. Isn't that diabolically brilliant? OCD, would you like to finish it? I challenge you.

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Apr 15, 2007; JL Asks:

Dear Stacey: I am constantly consoling my gay friend who repeatedly falls for straight or taken women. I care about my friend a lot, but I'm getting worn down by the drama--and I'd love to talk about other things--like the Boston Red Sox' new pitcher Dice-K or the pollen count or Darfur--How can I respectfully ask my friend to lighten up on her girl chasing woes? How can I ask her to be my friend and talk about other things that are going on in both of our lives without making her defensive? Please help!

Stacey answers:

Hi JL. There's no good way to tell her. No one wants to hear that they're a narcissistic buzz-kill, and no matter how sweetly you say it, she's going to know that's what you mean. Instead, make her think you're going crazy in a way that's only tangentially related to her. Grab your temples and moan, "I can't take any more talk of forbidden love!" Then suggest something fun to do instead. "Let's go play mini-golf before my head explodes!"

Apr 13, 2007; William Asks:

Hi Stacey, I'm vacationing from NYC, a week in the midwest by the quiet Mississippi, and just inhaled your new book. (I was a huge admirer of My Date With Satan and have been waiting impatiently for your follow-up, which, if you don't mind me saying, not only matches your maiden voyage MDWS in swiftness and depth, but roars above it on a narley 10-footer. Here endenth all ass-kissery and bad useage of metophor.) So -- my Q: Is the word

Stacey answers:

ladyfinger? churlish? rookery?

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