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The Open Book Dirty Dozen, with Stacey Madden

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August 31, 2012 - Stacey Madden, author of Poison Shy and Open Book: Toronto's September 2012 Writer in Residence, tackles the Dirty Dozen, an interview series that asks authors to share 12 unexpected facts about themselves. Read on and find out about Stacey's reading habits, his childhood friend, his reoccurring nightmare and more.

  1. I don’t own a telephone. No cellphone, no landline, nothing.
  2. I’m a roller-coaster connoisseur.
  3. I almost exclusively read fiction.
  4. I still have my childhood teddy bear, but I don’t consider myself the “sensitive” type.
  5. I once had to get a fish hook surgically removed from the tendons in my wrist.
  6. When I was three years old, I was given last rights by a priest at the Hospital for Sick Children, but obviously I pulled through. Afterwards I had to re-learn how to walk.
  7. I was the first person in my entire extended family to attend university.
  8. I’m a persistent noise-maker — I’m constantly whistling, humming,
  9. clapping, or beat-boxing. When I’m asleep, I’m either mumbling, clicking, or shuffling my restless legs.

  10. I'm one of the cheapest, most frugal bastards you'll ever meet — except when it comes to alcohol.
  11. I have a recurring nightmare in which my hands spontaneously grow to grotesque proportions.
  12. I used to write late at night with a beer buzz; now I write during the day in a state of caffeine-fuelled hysteria.
  13. I look 20, I am 30, I feel 90, I want to be 25 forever.

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