Happy Friday, friends. I'm getting back on track after my trip to Wyoming and plan to get the blog back on track this weekend as well. Fingers crossed.
But what we've managed to keep flowing is the Five on Friday and I'm especially excited today to welcome an incredibly talented woman and a super nice person. Megan Abbott is one of those folks you wonder where all the dark comes from because her disposition is just so bright and kind. But the dark lurks somewhere. It's earned her amazing recognition, including an Edgar award. Her last book, Dare Me, is headed to the big screen and this month her new book, The Fever, came out. I'm very excited about reading it. Have you picked it up yet? Whether you have or not, I'm sure you're going to enjoy her Five on Friday today. And if you haven't, get out this weekend and find a copy!
This crew may look familiar to you! Megan is, of course to the far right.
1. When I was a kid, my favorite thing to get in my trick-or-treat bag was a Whatchamacallit bar, which may not even exist anymore. But it was the trifecta because it had chocolate, peanut butter-flavored crisp and caramel. And I don’t think it came in minis, so it meant you were getting a full candy bar.
2. My five favorite movies of all time are: It changes a lot, but these five are perennials, either because they changed the way I think about movies, or life, or because they give me such joy: Raging Bull, Manhattan, In a Lonely Place, Double Indemnity and Sweet Smell of Success.
3. If I could swap lives with anyone in the world for 24 hours, I would choose David Lynch’s closest friend. Seeing interviews with him, or watching him cook, I have a feeling, despite the darkness of his movies, I’d have a marvelous time.
4. The most beautiful place I’ve ever visited is the kudzu-overrun corners of Rowan Oak, Faulkner’s stately and modest homestead in Oxford, Mississippi. Especially at the magic hour.
5. The #1 item on my bucket list right now is to go to Mexico. I’ve never been, haven’t had a vacation in a long time, and I’ve always wanted to go and have a real adventure.
I'm wondering if Megan's answer to #5 has anything to do with Gregg Hurwitz's upcoming novel, Don't Look Back. Megan blurbed it. And if she wants that kind of adventure, I think I just discovered the dark in her. ;-)
So many thanks to Megan for taking time out with us. And thanks to all of you for coming back even when I'm treading water to keep up. Next week look for some review catch-up as well as fun stuff about my trip to Wyoming and Longmire Days! Happy Reading!