At the Makeout Room after Charlie Anders' Writers with Drinks, reading My Story, by Marilyn Monroe. It's a rare, out-of-print book which she had the luck to buy for a dollar from a woman having a sidewalk sale. It was published in 1974 and is a compilation of Marilyn Monroe's actual writing. Before I approached her she had just read the line, "I'm the kind of girl who dies with a bottle of sleeping pills," written long before her alleged sleeping pill overdose in 1962.

What else she's reading--a collection of works by one of her favorite authors, the French philosopher, Jean Baudrillard, who is behind the ideas in the Matrix (she also recommends his Fragments: Cool Memories III) and The Incantation of Frieda K., by local author, Kate Braverman.

She is a writer herself and just learned that a piece she submitted to $pread magazine is getting published. Congratulations!