Trade Secrets

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Curtis Sittenfeld: "For naming characters, I love the Social Security Administration's most popular baby names site." [New York Times]

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Flackette Knits A Lot

I was a 1979 baby. About half of my graduating class was named Amanda, Jennifer or Jessica. Boys were Jason, Josh, Chris and Matt.

And I swear there were only three acceptable middle names for girls that year: Lynn, Renee or Marie.