The Body, Brain, and Books: Eleven Questions with writer Anne Kadet
Great interview! I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Anne in person just yesterday and I can confirm she's as lovely as her responses suggest.
Flowers in the Attic! OMG. That is all kinds of craziness that I haven't thought about in years. Thankfully I balanced that out with a lot of Anne of Green Gables😂 I can't think of a book I hid from my parents because I was always reading and they never were so they pretty much ignored it. I doubt it would have occurred to them that I could find something inappropriate in a book so I'm thankful for that.
I love "the more I think the less I know"! I will carry this with me. I also love Anne's audacious goal of enlightenment. Way to declare it Anne! Lead the way, we are right behind you.
Loved this, Jane!
One thing that captured me attention, then my heart, then my funny bone, was Anne's comment about the biography of Orwell and Churchill. I love that book and I've recommended it to a few people, so I sorta zeroed in when Anne mentioned it, and then I felt a sense of kindred (heart) because we're book buddies, which is a special bond. But then I had to laugh when Anne said she maybe it isn't that fascinating because she hasn't finished it yet :)
Now, the other questions.
Do I have a uniform? I think so. It's shorts & a t-shirt in the summer, jeans and a t-shirt in the winter. The constant is the t-shirt. I love a good soft t-shirt, especially if there's something funny written on the front.
Am I able to quiet my mind? Yes. It usually happens naturally when I do yoga. Other times it takes some work, but I can usually make it happen. But sometimes my mind is just noisy and there's not much I can do about it, even if I'm doing yoga.
Singing to animals? Hell yes! I sing to our dog, Mortimer. I also sing about Mortimer. I'm not a singer or a song writer, but I make up silly jingles, and at this point there are enough of them for a concept album our dog. Christina calls the concept album, which will probably never be produced, "Songs in the Key of Mortimer."
Anne rules the known universe. At least, I'm pretty sure she does.
I love the effect “Call of the Wild” had on her as an eight year old. I loved that book.
This was so beautifully enjoyable to read & settling to my nervous system. The giggles, the book recs, the quotes I’m writing down in my journal. Love this.
Never thought to find such wisdom with so much lightness. Witty! I enjoyed it a lot. BTW, I’m a fan of uniforms. , too.
Loved this interview! I actually loved the quote toward the beginning that has stuck with Anne recently. It really hit something for me, and may be in a future essay about "mirrors." OooOOoh...
Always love Anne's style and personality over words! I'd love to meet her someday!
I'd like to point out that the horse on the cover of The Untethered Soul is actually a unicorn! Even more embarrassing, but it's a great book!
Singing to pets is a huge part of my identity. A special talent of mine is rewriting songs to be about my pets. When I had a Twitter years ago- I would take song requests and provide the written parody.
I love this book! I’m off to his temple this week for his Thanksgiving Feast. I agree with the cover of the book….”I also love Michael Alan Singer's "The Untethered Soul," but the cover features a cheeseball photo of a wild horse running on the beach, which makes it super embarrassing to read on the subway.”
She seems like a very kind Real Person!
My uniform now is quite different from my former life prior to RA. Back then I was head to feet in office attire (although I often got in trouble because my skirts were a tad too short - hey I had very long legs back then! But every day dresses, suits and always heels. From pumps to boots always my own style
NOW? Anything from yoga pants to pajamas! I have become a sloth!! When it hurts to get dressed the more comfort I need from clothing!
I loved how she described the -12 step people.
Any woman who is as down to earth as Amran is okay in my book!
I would love to hang with her! ❤️
Love this, thank you.
I’m glad I didn’t get that job as professor way back then when I made to the third interview. We wouldn’t have moved to the FL Keys where we lived on a houseboat for a while and then on an offshore off the grid Island gotten to only by boat. That decade was amazing and led me where I am today.
I was expecting a very Type A interview in the beginning, but I was pleasantly surprised. And I was obsessed with Virginia Andrews as a kid. I read every novel I could get my hands on. Dawn was my personal favourite. I even did a monologue from it for an acting exam!
Love Anne and this interview. Thanks, Jane.