Welcome to The Grocery Checkout! Anne and Kourtney are two girls living in Brooklyn who are challenging each other to an indefinite game of Truth or Dare. By day, Anne is a book editor and the author of Circle Nine (Candlewick Press 2011) and two other forthcoming YA novels. Kourtney spends her days working for a design and innovation company trying to solve puzzles.

More about Anne…


1. Name your top 3 favorite moments with Kourtney.


Most of my favorite moments with Kourtney involve food in some way. Actually, the first time I ever hung out with Kourtney was over In-n-Out Burgers with mutual friends. But I think we developed girl-crushes on one another after this one time when we went out to dinner at a BYOB place in Soho, split 3 bottles of wine, and bonded over our respective family dramas. Then we really solidified our friendship shortly after, when we went to Radegast (German beer hall in Williamsburg) and had so much fun that we found ourselves across the street at another bar after Radegast closed. That bar gave out free cheese balls. I ate almost an entire plastic tub of Utz cheese balls and then licked my fingers, and Kourtney didn’t judge. That’s why I love her. After our friendship was already solid, we started a tradition of Whole Foods + Good Movies. We meet at Whole Foods, stock up on snacks, and head to the theater. One of us inevitably comes prepared with a bottle of wine (preferably twist-off) and disposable cups in her purse. Then we see either a really good movie or a movie that features really good-looking gentlemen. (The one exception was Eat, Pray, Love, during which Kourtney fell asleep.) Sometimes we unpack the movie afterward over more wine. Sometimes we have to unpack it a second time several days later because we had too much wine the first time and forgot all of our profound insights.


2. What’s the craziest, rule-breaking thing you’ve done in the past ten days?


I lead a fairly tame lifestyle. My wild, rebellious evening involved sneaking my 35-lb dog onto the subway so I wouldn’t have to pay for cab fare from Inwood to Park Slope. (My best friend had been dog-sitting.) I was terrified that I’d get caught and have to pay an enormous fine, a fine comparable to what the cab fare would have been. But luck was on my side. I’ve discovered that a large part of deception involves confidence. If you look like, “What? This dogwas born on the subway,” people are way less likely to heckle you. I strolled right past that MTA guy! Take that, MTA! It helps that my dog is especially adorable and well-behaved when he needs to be. However, I will say that parading around with an adorable dog where adorable dogs aren’t meant to be does draw attention. I got invited to a Havalah party by a guy wielding a bible who didn’t even care that I’m not Jewish! That’s what’s so great about dogs on the subway – they spread love and joy where otherwise there is a gaping plastic and chrome hole.


3. Tell us about that shirt you’re wearing.


I love a love/hate relationship with this shirt (pictured). Love because it’s got semi-puffed sleeves, ala Anne of Green Gables/the best 1980s prom dresses. And also because my extremely thoughtful boyfriend got it for me. I love that he is very thoughtful and he knows me well enough to know what I like, and selects items accordingly and with confidence. The hate part comes in because this shirt takes an inordinate amount of time to put on. It does not lend itself well to my important morning goal (being on time). It almost seems in opposition to that goal. It took me a full five minutes to figure out how to put the shirt on this morning; and when I first got it, it took ten minutes of me and Boyfriend putting our heads together before we figured it out.


4. Speaking of things you like, give us your current top 5 list, dog and boyfriend not included.


-The taxidermied goodness of http://www.customcreaturetaxidermy.com/Site/index_.html , in particular the “Fantasy Works” section, which is creepily brilliant.

-Mary Ellen Mark’s photojournalism: http://www.maryellenmark.com/books/books.html
-Rachel’s Pies: Pricey, but delicious! Just wait for Key Lime in the summer…sigh. http://rachels-pies.com/
-Bicycles that have motors (not to be confused with motorcycles): http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1770010&categoryId=cat1640062
-This book, forthcoming from one of my favorite graphic novelists: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0618982507/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_g14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0FXHT08NW4H7BRDH3PX4&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846
-Oh wait, here’s one more! http://thefilmstage.com/news/the-artist-preps-for-international-concert-tour-complete-with-live-orchestra/


5. Who would Kourtney be as a fictional character?


Blossom from Powerpuff Girls, because she’s adorable and quirky but also a born leader and one of the most intellectually curious people I know.



More about Kourtney


1. What’s your go to karaoke song?


Pretty much anyone who has ever met me can attest that I am a big karaoke fan. What I lack in vocal talent, I make up for in enthusiasm and commitment. If I’m singing solo, then I go with Dolly Parton begging “Jolene” not to steal her man. If I’m singing with a group, I tend to favor mid-90s crowd-pleasers like “Wonderwall” and anything by Ace of Base.


2. You’re apartment is on fire. What three things do you grab before you run?


I’m going to cheat a little and assume that I’m already wearing or am within arm’s length of my mom’s Notre Dame sweatshirt from 1975. It’s so perfectly soft and frayed. Thirty-six years is a long time to wear in another one.1. My passport. Aside from the personal attachment to the stamps and visas I’ve collected through the years, it would seem doubly cruel to have my life reduced to ashes AND THEN have to wait for hours at the passport office. 2. Beary. Beary is the wildly creative name for the teddy bear I’ve had since I slept in a crib. I don’t necessarily sleep with him every night now, but he’s been with me every place I’ve ever lived. I can’t imagine a home without him. 3. My cowboy boots. They were my grandmother’s. They’re more than 60 years old, so I think they deserve to survive a fire. Plus, they’re plain practical. Who knows if I’ll have to kick down a door or something in this blaze?


3. What is your favorite Truth or Dare question from slumber parties of yesteryear?


I always went for the classic, “Who do you have a crush on?” However, I hated to answer that question myself, which means I made a lot of prank calls. I apologize to anyone in the 570 area code. I also loved “light as a feather, stiff as a board” (except for the one time I was dropped on my back at Libby Waldrop’s house).


4. What is your biggest fear?


I have only had two major, mildly debilitating fears thus far: David Koresh and needles. It’s actually not even David Koresh so much as when Tim Daly played him in a TV movie. I don’t know if anyone has seen this made for TV monstrosity “Ambush in Waco,” but it gave me nightmares for most of 1993 and 1994. I was basically unable to sleep for the greater part of two years, because I was convinced I was going to be forced to become a cult leader’s child bride. I still can’t look at Tim Daly. As for the needles, I get that no one enjoys shots. However, I turn into a hyperventilating nutcase that may have gotten into a sobbing, physical struggle with a nurse. I’m working through it.


5. Who is Anne as a fictional character?


Jovie from Elf. She has that quiet exterior, but there’s a deep, passionate talent. She also has a willingness to accept people for who they are, eccentricities and all.


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