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Jane_Stillinger

Member since May 23, 2008

ABOUT ME

Right now, I'm reading:
Rebels in White Gloves.

My favorite story of all time is:
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana

In bed I like to read:
biographies.

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
Newyorker.com

If you were to throw up your hands in exasperation and yell "it's the story of my life," what would you be talking about?
I rush around taking care of loose ends. I finally sit down and ... get interrupted.

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
Ignore shyness. Ask everyone about themselves.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
Things We Said Today

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?
Dad

Jane_Stillinger’s Latest Memoir of 32

“Study Strunk and White. Consult Roget's.”

 
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