Author Laurie Notaro on Her New Book and Coming Back to Phoenix
I saw the baby when I first came in the house and that was it. The boob was out there for fifteen minutes! I'm not the only one who noticed that. The boob was out for so long that the sun went down and I probably went home and went to sleep before the baby showed up. Finally, I confronted my friends about it a few weeks ago. I asked everyone, "Was I the only the one who said anything about the boob?" My friend said, "Oh, no. I saw the boob. I just chose not to act on it."
I never want to be that close to anyone else's boob. Ever! I can barely handle that kind of reflection in the mirror, much less from someone whose name I don't even know.
Wow. Is public indecency and other bizarre behavior normal for the people up there in Eugene?
If you stand still for five seconds, someone's going to run you over with a unicycle or trip you on stilts. Then again, there are weird people in Phoenix, too. I lived in the same neighborhood as a lady who has like 500 cats.
I don't want to give anyone the wrong idea. The people are generally
super nice. You could spend an hour at a one-way stop sign, because
everyone's trying to be nice and let the other people go in front of
What, if anything, do you miss about Phoenix?
I really miss my family, and my husband's family is here too. I love
Phoenix. I don't love the 107 degrees, though. My kidneys are already
the size of raisins and I'm shedding like a snake. My skin turned white
and started to flake off already, and I've only been in town for like
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|Phoenix Mexican Food Rule #1: If it has tofu, it ain't a taco.|
Every tortilla comes out of a bag. And for some unknown reason, everyone wants to put tofu on everything. If you stand still long enough, they will just stuff you with tofu or Tofurky or soysage; all of the shit crap vegan stuff that I have to deal with up there.
Fess up. Have you ever eaten or made vegan meals?
The Thanksgiving before last, I had to make not only vegetarian options, but vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options. That was like the Olympics of Thanksgiving.
Are there any humiliating tales that didn't make it into It Looked Different on the Model...?
Yes, it's called my next book. I have 70 ideas already ... the book is tentatively supposed to come out next May. This book is going to be different. The episodes are going to be much shorter and categorized. It's a lot of the incidents that are really terrible, but really funny, and too short to make it into the other books. It's almost like a life lesson book. Like I wanted my disasters to be warnings to others.