November 4, 2007 - Sunday afternoon

On Ocean Beach, watching her boyfriend surf and reading The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things, by Barry Glassner, which she got on sale at Powell's. She's visiting from Portland.

Recently she read Kick Me, by Paul Feig, which she said was a book of short stories about when the author was a goofy dork kid in grade school and junior high. It was good before-bed reading.

Her favorite book? Nothing comes to mind. She has just gotten back into reading. She liked White Oleander, by Janet Fitch and Spy in the House of Love, by Anais Nin-- a good book to read when you're wishing you were living life like a guy ....something, she said, that is better to read when you're single.

Her own book? It'd be a book of short stories about dreams, nightmares, sleepwalking and sleep talking.

What she loves about reading? It's a way to laugh, get inspired, an excuse to get to sit by yourself and be in your own little world and it's such a cheap, easy form of entertainment that we take for granted.

A book that's helped her, though there are cheesy aspects--The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. She likes the idea of focusing on the positive and the laws of attraction.

Next up in the lineup are Tales of a Female Nomad, by Rita Golden Gelman and Collapse, by Jared Diamond.