Anna Fields was kind enough to stop by and discuss The Girls in the Show, which is out August 8 (but may be pushed back–I hope not, though; I need it!).
1) What is the Twitter pitch for this?
Not sure — I’m so bad at writing for Twitter that I hardly ever do it. In a few words, though, the book is about comedy, culture, and kick-ass feminists throughout comedic history.
2) If you could meet one of the “girls in the show,” who would it be?
That’s so tough. Dorothy Parker, I think. If she’s unavailable because she’s too busy committing suicide, as she was prone to do, then Moms Mabley. But I can’t imagine she’d find me interesting enough to lunch with.
3) What’s the most surprising thing you learned?
How much the past isn’t dead; it isn’t even past.
And the ones I ask everyone:
4) What 2017 releases are you most excited for?
My goodness, if I had time to leave my writing studio, I would have any idea what’s coming out. Alas, I don’t.
5) What are you reading now?
TONS of historical articles. Books: Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse by Phyllis Diller, Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, and everything ever written by Andrew Dorkin.
6) If you could make one book mandatory, what would it be?
Fear of Flying — it changed my life. I own five copies and give out others as presents.
7) What are your five favorite books? (You can do authors, if that’s easier.)
The Aeneid, Fear of Flying, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, A Wolf at the Table, My Happy Life