Tabs open on your screen right now:
LinkedIn (with an invitation from a handsome lawyer and automated congratulation messages on a 1 year anniversary of I-have-no-idea-what in my inbox); three separate Gmail accounts; three Google docs. Google docs turn me on. My rising sign is Virgo.
If you had to brag about yourself:
I can stay calm during a crisis. But only if it’s very, very serious. Trivial complications provoke a totally outsized reaction from me. I can only handle catastrophes.
Your writer crush:
Three-way tie between Bukem, Ann, and Madeleine.
Let me eat when I am hungry
Let me drink when I am dry
A dollar when I am hard-up
Religion when I die
Any place in the world:
Two potato, egg, and cheese (extra melty) tacos with thick flour tortillas that I wash down with a giant cup of unsweetened tea from a styrofoam cup. Extra flour tortillas, hot from the comal, slathered with butter.
Favorite online places right now:
I don’t know how to answer questions about favorites! I’m always blurting out that something or someone is my favorite — I use the word very liberally — but when I’m asked, I freeze.
When one person brushes the hair out of another person’s face without interrupting what they’re doing.
Your rituals (writing or not):
Eating 8-16 momos when I have a bad day
Least impressive thing about you:
My taste in music.
Favorite space to write:
On a couch in my bedroom with my laptop in my lap and my heels resting on my bed like a too-tall footstool. Ben jokes that I have to stretch my legs out and elongate my body to write.
What should we know:
I should have been an actress. Maybe I will be yet.
Guilty literary pleasure:
Fashion magazines. Not real fashion magazines. I’m talking Glamour, Lucky, Marie Claire, pedagogical stuff with outfit ideas and makeup tips.
Best book nobody talks about:
Letters to Yesenin by Jim Harrison
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Either Lux in The Virgin Suicides (the movie, I’ve never read the book) or Gena Rowlands’ character Mabel in A Woman Under the Influence or Barbara Loden’s character Ginny in Splendor In the Grass or or or Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (movie or book)
Last time you lied:
I acted nonchalant when I was, in truth, heartbroken.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
How does someone like you exist?
Monica McClure is a writer and performer based in New York. She is the author of Tender Data (Birds LLC, 2015) and chapbooks Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014) and Mood Swing (Snacks Press, 2013).