WBEZ | The New Yorker http://www.wbez.org/tags/new-yorker-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Old talk' is the new fat talk http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/old-talk-new-fat-talk-105863 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lucille%20ball%20the%20secret%20to%20staying%20young%20fb%20covers_0.jpg" title="Lucy's secret to staying young. (QuoteWave)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Whenever two or more people with low self-esteem find themselves in an enclosed space, whether it be a locker room, dressing room or <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhCzRr9EwBk" target="_blank">Regina George&#39;s house after school</a>, the conversation inevitably turns to <a href="http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/ob/fat-talk" target="_blank">fat talk</a>: (&quot;I&#39;ve lost/gained x pounds,&quot; &quot;My thighs are huge,&quot; &quot;My nail beds suck!&quot;)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">However, I&#39;ve recently noticed an even more distressing trend: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/booming/old-talk-and-fat-talk-among-baby-boomers.html?_r=0" target="_blank">old talk</a>. Yep, I&#39;ve heard barely legal college freshmen asking each other in all seriousness: &quot;Do you see these forehead wrinkles? Is that a gray hair? I&#39;m getting so <em>old</em>.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">For Americans raised in a culture obsessed with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/09/today-show-youth-obsession_n_820868.html" target="_blank">youth and beauty</a>,&nbsp;old age is legitmately terrifying. Young people in <a href="http://www.strengthforcaring.com/manual/about-you-celebrating-cultures/cultural-traditions-and-respect-for-elders/" target="_blank">other countries</a>&nbsp;are taught to respect their elders and value the wisdom that comes with aging; but in the United States, baby boomers are largely dismissed and often reviled&nbsp;as a generation of &quot;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/07/baby-boomers-the-national-journal_n_1946083.html" target="_blank">leeches</a>.&quot;&nbsp;We blame&nbsp;them for past wars and current financial crises, lambast them for using up our social security benefits and disregard them at every turn for being &quot;stuck in their ways&quot; and hopelessly &quot;out-of-touch.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">We also fear that one day we will become one of them: old, irrelevant, and worst of all, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-kelley/women-and-aging_b_1306661.html" target="_blank">undesirable</a>.<i>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img --="" about="" alt="" and="" class="image-original_image" clueless="" fifty="" i="" it="" looking="" me="" nora="" nothing:="" other="" remember="" seems="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hide200-bdff9f896d3efbcff1bf6cb5c87194c2f52260c1-s6-c10.jpg" style="height: 483px; width: 290px; float: right; " that="" title="&quot;Looking back, it seems to me that I was clueless until I was about fifty years old.&quot; -- Nora Ephron, &quot;I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections.&quot; (NPR.org)" to="" until="" was="" years="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">And why wouldn&#39;t we feel this way, when we are constantly bombared with images of high-fashion models and Disney Channel starlets who don&#39;t look a day over 18? Women spend <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/18/plastic-surgery-spending-up-2011_n_1435512.html" target="_blank">billions of dollars</a> on cosmetic surgery every year,&nbsp;because magazine covers and advertisements featuring shiny, happy teenagers will never let them forget the importance that society places on the young. Men also do their best to ward off the cultural&nbsp;<a href="http://open.salon.com/blog/andyaitch/2012/08/24/a_mans_midlife_crisis_is_caused_by_ego" target="_blank">desexualization</a>&nbsp;of old age, often forgoing adult responsibilities and turning to much younger partners in order to feel better about themselves.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">When we do see elderly people in the media, they&#39;re usually stereotyped as foul-mouthed curmudgeons, busybody neighbors or depressed individuals in need of Zymbalta, Viagra and Depends. The few exceptions to this rule (Sir Ian McKellan as <a href="http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Gandalf" target="_blank">Gandalf</a>, Sir Michael Gambon as <a href="http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Albus_Dumbledore" target="_blank">Dumbledore</a>, Dame Judy Dench as James Bond&#39;s&nbsp;<em><a href="http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/M">M</a>&nbsp;</em>and Dame Maggie Smith as the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVMtffzbAwk" target="_blank">Dowager Countess</a> of <em>Downton Abbey</em>) often come from a fictional or long-ago time and place, when older generations were still honored and appreciated instead of derided and ignored.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Popular media may put youthful ingenues on a pedestal for the rest of us to ogle and adore, but I still look to the Meryl Streeps, Gloria Steinems and Alice Walkers of the world: <a href="http://www.makers.com" target="_blank">living legends</a>&nbsp;whose timeless beauty emanates not just from their graceful acceptance of the aging process, but from their embrace of it as well. The<em> New Yorker</em> might write off their ilk as &quot;post-menopausal women...sexually non-threatening&quot; (really, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/02/anne-hathaway-in-defense-of-the-happy-girl.html" target="_blank">Sasha Weiss</a>? ugh) but we should know better than to underestimate them.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">And to the aging men who dread each passing year, fear not. Harrison Ford and Jon Hamm didn&#39;t become famous until their&nbsp;<a href="http://getbusylivingblog.com/7-famous-people-who-found-success-starting-in-their-30s/" target="_blank">mid-30s</a>, Colonel Sanders was <a href="http://www.cracked.com/article_19655_5-famous-late-bloomers_p2.html">65</a>&nbsp;when he launched Kentucky Fried Chicken and Peter Roget invented the Thesauras <a href="http://www.cracked.com/article_19655_5-famous-late-bloomers.html" target="_blank">at age 73</a>. See? You still have plenty of time to be awesome.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The end of your 20s might bring a job promotion, financial stability and (finally!) health insurance. Maybe you&#39;ll have more time to travel in your 30s, fall in love at 40 and make some of the best memories of your life at 70 and 80.&nbsp;If <a href="http://www.communitycollegetimes.com/Pages/Campus-Issues/Artist-is-ready-to-learn-more-at-age-92.aspx" target="_blank">this lady</a> is taking college art classes at age 92, then you have no excuse for giving up on your dreams.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;Also, why can&#39;t all TV shows be as genuinely hilarious and heart-warming as&nbsp;<em>The Golden Girls</em>? Discuss.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VqAJIvbnkZg" width="620"></iframe></em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett </a>or add her on<a href="http://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank"> </a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/old-talk-new-fat-talk-105863 Sketching Pat Byrnes' toonish path to 'The New Yorker' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-25/sketching-pat-byrnes-toonish-path-new-yorker-94341 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/Pat Byrnes cartoon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many people were home from work Friday enjoying a turkey sandwich or tossing around the football. Maybe they took a stab at reading those issues of <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/" target="_blank"><em>The New Yorker</em></a> that had been piling up on the coffee table.</p><p>But while flipped through its pages, hopefully they didn't forget the cartoons, the work of Pat Byrnes, a cartoonist at the magazine.</p><p>Byrnes might be a familiar name to political folk as well; he is married to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.</p><p><a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/tag/elysabeth-alfano/" target="_blank">Elysabeth Alfano</a> caught up with Byrnes recently to learn more about his path to the funny pages and to talk more about his new App, <a href="http://smurks.net/" target="_blank"><em>Smurks</em></a>. Alfano is executive producer and host of <a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/" target="_blank">Fear No Art Chicago</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 20:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-25/sketching-pat-byrnes-toonish-path-new-yorker-94341 The Patricia Marx interview http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-02/patricia-marx-interview-91438 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-02/patricia marx.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Hey! If you want to see someone ask me questions, they selected me as the <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/ourtown/2011/09/crush_of_the_month_claire_zulk.html">Crush of the Month</a> over at the </em>Sun-Times<em>. Of course I got a short month. </em></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.4442339184959945" style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Today&rsquo;s interviewee has been contributing to </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The New Yorker</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> since 1989, writing the very funny shopping pieces. The first woman elected to </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Harvard Lampoon, </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">she has written for film and TV (including </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Saturday Night Live </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">and <em>Rugrats</em></span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">) </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">and is the author of </span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Marx/e/B001IODPSQ"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000099;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">several humor and children&rsquo;s books</span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">. Most recently she&rsquo;s the author of the novel </span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Happy-Novel-Patricia-Marx/dp/1439101280/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1/180-1576549-5698412"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Starting From Happy, </span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">which is &ldquo;made up of hundreds of chaplettes, clever illustrations, and darkly funny commentary on getting together and staying the course.&rdquo; (None other than Woody Allen blurbed it.)&nbsp; </span></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-02/patricia marx.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 181px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="" /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Tell me about the</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Starting From Happy</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> book cover. Was it your concept? </span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I like to think I invented the color blue, but other than that, the terrific designers at Scribner did it all by themselves.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Do you know what your next big project will be? Or is the current project promoting the new book? </span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Everything&rsquo;s a big project for me, even getting up in the morning.&nbsp; As for work, I have lots of next big projects. That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m a nervous wreck. For instance, I&rsquo;m finishing up a one-act musical and I have plans to write another novel and also a humor book.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Do you think you&rsquo;ll return to humor or children&rsquo;s book writing in the future?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For sure, especially if my answer above can be trusted. I love writing children&rsquo;s books, so I hope I haven&rsquo;t written my last. Depends on when I die, I guess.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Which of the books that you&rsquo;ve published took (or felt like it took) the most work?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">They get progressively harder because my skills for self-criticism are ever-improving.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I read in another interview that you love coming up with fictional names. What are some of your favorite names you&rsquo;ve invented that you&rsquo;ve either used in writing or have yet to see the light of day?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I know I have some great ones, but I forget what they are.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What&rsquo;s your favorite thing you&rsquo;ve read lately, long or short?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I&rsquo;m liking Gary Shteyngart&rsquo;s </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Super Sad True Love Story</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean I know how to spell his last name.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I&rsquo;ve come to think of you as the shopping writer for the magazine. How did you come to secure that position? How did it begin?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The shopping column, On and Off the Avenue, has been in the magazine since its first issue. In the ten or so years previous to my writing it, it had been discontinued, I guess because they couldn&rsquo;t find writers shallow enough. Then, I came along. I don&rsquo;t really know so much about shopping, but I like stuff and I&rsquo;m not too bad at walking around.</span><br class="kix-line-break" /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The shopping pieces you write for the </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">New Yorker </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">are incredibly fun to read but seem like they&rsquo;re secretly a lot of work, especially in terms of fact-checking. On your end, what&rsquo;s the most onerous part of working on those pieces?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Walking around in cold weather is painfully awful. The hardest piece to fact-check was the one I wrote about </span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/21/080721fa_fact_marx"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000099;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Shanghai</span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> because so much commerce there is illicit. When the factchecker called many of the stores I covered, she was told that there was no store on the premises.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What are some of your favorite souvenirs from these excursions?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I have some great dresses and eyeglasses from Shanghai, a hat from Texas, and really great pin-striped jeans from my </span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/09/25/060925fa_fact_marx"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000099;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">back to school shopping</span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> piece.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Would you say you&rsquo;re fun to shop with? Who are your favorite shopping companions?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Fun to shop with? I&rsquo;m not fun period. My favorite person to shop with is Phoebe Cates, who, by the way, owns a fantastic store, </span><a href="http://nymag.com/listings/stores/blue-tree/"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000099;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Blue Tree</span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> (on 92nd and Madison Avenue). She has the best, best, best eye&mdash;and she&rsquo;s a blast.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What are some of your least-favorite fashion trends right now?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Next question.</span><br class="kix-line-break" /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">You&rsquo;ll be teaching screenwriting at Princeton this fall. What do you think will be the easiest lessons to impart, and which will be the bigger challenges?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Ask me in December.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">How do you plan on refraining from making the Princeton students feel bad for not attending Harvard?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I plan to grade them according to how much they like me. That is not an answer to your question, but I felt like telling you that.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">How much does your mother read what you write? Does she give you a lot of input? Has she influenced your writing at all?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">My mother reads everything I write, and after it&rsquo;s published, she often points out grammar mistakes I have made. She is a very honest critic, for better or worse, but mostly better. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Which SNL sketches did you write that were your personal favorites?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The only one I can remember is a parody of a breast self-exam. I wrote it with </span><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0569790/"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000099;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Doug McGrath</span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">, now a wonderful film director.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It doesn&rsquo;t seem like you&rsquo;re on Facebook or Twitter. If that&rsquo;s correct, what&rsquo;s kept you away from social networking?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I just joined </span><a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/marxpatty"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000099;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Twitter</span></a><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">! What&rsquo;s kept me away from social networking is that I&rsquo;m very good at coming up with ways to waste time and am reluctant to sign up for more ways.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I know you&rsquo;re friends with your colleagues Susan Orlean, Nancy Franklin and Roz Chast. Do the gals at the </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">New Yorker </span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">tend to stick together on principle or it&rsquo;s just lucky that you like your colleagues?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I think I might have been friends with those three before I wrote for the <em>New Yorker</em>. Besides, who wouldn&rsquo;t love Susan, Nancy, and Roz? </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Who (or whose writing) makes you laugh most consistently?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Steve Martin, Dmitri Martin, but not Dean Martin.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">How does it feel to be the 292nd person interviewed for Zulkey.com (and now WBEZ)?</span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I feel like the first. </span></p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-02/patricia-marx-interview-91438