Sex-positive, pro-choice, life-positive, polyamorous, breast cancer sur-thriver. With tiara.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmmm, so many! I was a fan of Curious George and the man in the yellow hat (not that I don't realize, NOW, that capturing baby monkeys and removing them from their natural habitat is a very bad thing). I think I related to Curious George because I was also very curious, and liked the way he always got into trouble, with the best of intentions. Also, began reading Nancy Drew early on.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. LeGuin. I've always been fascinated by dreams, and the idea that we could dream the world into a better place (or could we?) was such an intriguing prospect. If, weird as surreal and flawed, as dreams are. Time Enough For Love - Robert A. Heinlein. The idea of loving for a very long extended lifetime, but not possessively, and open relationships, group marriages, blew my socks off. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett O'Hara is one of the most riveting characters of all time - even readers who dislike her intensely cannot forget her. Of course, I can't read the book NOW without being keenly aware of the problematic and romanticized treatment of slaves and the KKK. Come As You Are - Emily Nagoski. This frank, clear book about female sexuality, and how we AREN'T "doing it wrong," but that everyone has different ways of being aroused, ways of enjoying sex, and that they are ALL "normal," is one of the best books on the subject, and I've read plenty. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery. Anne is another fascinating, REAL character, although there's little selfishness and no meanness in her. And like my old friend Curious George, she keeps getting into trouble with the best of intentions.
Like many kids, I had an imaginary friend, but never thought about what happened to him when I abandoned him. This delightful short piece takes a look at how s/he must feel when that occurs - and what happens next.
It's very well written and the characters are very believable. Would recommend to any young person (or parent of same) going through that period of change and growth.