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Five Questions: Fernham

1. Why do you blog?
I blog to weigh in on what I’m reading; to perform finger-exercises for writing and explore possible future topics; to feel connected to a literary world even when I’m a bit housebound with two small children.

2. Which author and/or book has most influenced you?
Even though I didn’t read Virginia Woolf until I was 22, she has been the most important writer in my life since: a constant companion for the past 18 years. A Room of One’s Own is my favorite text of hers – as much for the gorgeous, lush, and learned texture of the prose as for the argument.

3. Which three blogs do you most visit?
Chekhov’s Mistress

WordMunger

Moorish Girl

4. Why do you read fiction?
To escape, to learn, and to revel in beauty.

5. What makes you laugh?
My mother, my sister, my daughters, and sharply ironic observations about human foibles. I don’t like misanthropy, but I love reading gentle, pointed satire.

Anne Fernald blogs at Fernham, which can be found here: http://fernham.blogspot.com

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