【转帖自：The Washington Post】
Joyce Carol Oates Interviews Herself
By Joyce Carol Oates, Published: September 13
All right, let’s cut to it — our audience, curiosity whetted by the ubiquitous social media, wants avidly to know: What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you lately?
Do you mean as a “writer” — or just more generally?
Well — I was in the grocery store yesterday, in the dairy section, when a woman who’d been staring at me quizzically asked, “Are you some kind of writer?” Vaguely, I shook my head no, as if I might not have heard the question, and eased away without glancing back . . .
And then someone who knew me breezed by saying in a loud voice, “Hello, Joyce!” — and the woman must have overheard . . .
That is embarrassing! Denying your own writer-self, and even as the cock began to crow, someone comes along and outs you! Is this some kind of absurd modesty?
I could not explain to the woman: “I am not ‘Joyce Carol Oates’ right now, but a shopper in a grocery store. And the dairy section is freezing.”
If police had arrived and demanded your I.D., you’d have had to confess — what?
My driver’s license, passport, social security — are all in the name “Joyce Carol Smith.”
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