January 7, 2008 -- Monday afternoon

Reading Contact, by Carl Sagan. Her boyfriend recommended it to her.

What has she recommended to him?--Lord of the Rings. He's reading the second book right now.

Her favorite book--Atlas Shrugged. She likes the main character.

If she were to write her own book it'd be about working in the film industry as a production designer. It's a field, she said, that's all about connections and, because it's a man's world, it's challenging being a woman.

When she reads, her experience is colored by her work, and her background--she sees the setting as if she were designing it for film.