I never like to write bio notes or profiles. I always feel as if I am talking about someone else. And maybe I am. I'm one of those people who looks like someone else. People I've never met often come up to me and talk to me as if they know me. Just the other night a woman came up and started talking to me as if we were long-lost friends. And how have you been? And it's been so long, she added. Then she said she'd only just seen my father the other night, and wasn't he looking fine for a man his age? He looked fine? I asked. I didn't want to tell her my dad has been dead for a few years now. Instead I asked what he was wearing. And if he had mentioned my name. Oh, she said, he always talks about you, Sarah. You know that. You will always be the apple of his eyes.
I always did want to be Sarah. Sarah or Sal. Sarahs are pretty and sexy and sweet. And the boys always gave them sweet tarts at recess in grade school.
I was never a Sarah. Alas.
Nin I was. Then and now.Whoever that was or is. But this is the standard Nin Andrews bio note. Maybe I'll write one for Sarah some day soon. Sarah who is the apple of my father's eyes.
Nin Andrews received her BA from Hamilton College, and her MFA from Vermont College. She is the author of several book including The Book of Orgasms, Any Kind of Excuse,Why They Grow Wings, Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane. She also edited a book of translations of the French poet, Henri Michaux, entitled Someone Want to Steal My Name. Her next book is called Sleeping with Houdini and is due out in October.
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