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March 10, 2007



Oh Dan, I got such a giggle out of your second question. You see, I moved from Charleston to the Twin Cities and five years later, I drug my husband here.

I cried the first time it snowed in April, I thought Spring would never come. I have yet to see my husband get misty because there's no snow to be found.

Also #4, my MIL and I watched Drop Dead Gorgeous, which mocked Midwestern beauty pageants. She turned to me and said, "Heather, that's just not nice, Southerners don't have such awful stereotypes to put up with."

I'm not even paraphrasing.


My mother is a Midwesterner (specifically small-town Iowa), and she has all the wonderful qualities of the breed. She has adapted well to North Carolina, which -- as author Will Blythe points out -- has a lot of Midwestern sensibilities and niceness blended into its cultural identity.

But neither place -- not the Midwest, not North Carolina -- has much in common with Charleston and its environs. We might as well be from another planet as far as such places are concerned. I've lived here for 13 years and I'm only beginning to get a feel for this place.


Good interview. I enjoyed reading it. I also had a chance to send Garrison some questions. Enjoy:

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