Christine Friar will be reading at The Difficult to Name Reading Series on March 28.
RS: On your website ChristineFriar.com you offer advice to readers, striking a nice balance between being hilarious and also making the advice genuinely helpful. How did that series get started?
CF: It's just my tumblr! I started answering questions that way from the get-go when I made the blog in 2008, and I think the tone it took mostly stemmed from my being a college student at the time and having a lot of followers who were younger girls about to ~embark on that same journey~. The reason I'll still do it sometimes is that my answer is still so often, "I don't know, either!" I've never had a problem walking people through the parts of the equation that I do understand and then sitting there with them at the end like, "Okay, here is this. Now what can we build?" It's like emotional Legos.
You work for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. What's it been like to work on such a consistently successful TV show, both ratings- and quality-wise?
I feel v lucky to get to be a part of a group of people who hustle so hard to put on such a warm, silly show five days a week. There's a quote that the internet has been attributing to Maya Angelou my whole life, but I just googled and it's actually OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, but it basically asserts that you can tell a lot about a person by how they handle a rainy day, lost luggage, or tangled Christmas tree lights. I would handle tangled Christmas tree lights with these people any gd day.
What can people expect from your reading?
Hoo, baby you know I gotta get that crowd on my side with some sweet self depreciation.