Susan Toepfer

Susan Toepfer

The Bumpy Ride


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Contributor since:February 2009
Location:New York City

About Me

Waitress money in pocket, typewriter in hand, I came to New York from Ohio to make my living as a writer. No high aspirations: English was simply the only subject I'd never failed. In a matter of weeks, I went from writing a college thesis on Clarissa Harlowe to a romantic dissection of Dean Martin's divorce. It's been a bumpy ride ever since, with long pauses at the New York Daily News (where I edited Rex Reed, Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin and my now-husband Lorenzo Carcaterra) and People magazine (Diana! Oscars! Sexy Men! ), and shorter stops with a select crew of bipolar employers. My most delightful three years were spent as the founding editor of a women's weekly, Quick & Simple, where I picked up such tips as: To get more juice from a lemon, nuke it for 15 to 30 seconds before squeezing. All the better for making lemonade.



I'm Known For...

Hating to fill out forms.

My Current Project

Does it count as current if I've been working on it for ten years?

My Greatest Achievement

Two children who still speak to me.

My Biggest Regret

Wandering into the Paris red light district with my then-14-year-old son.

I Truly Respect

Anyone who lives by, and makes a living by, his art...even my husband.

Moments I'd Like To Forget

The day I said, "Sure, I'd love to edit Rosie"

How I Pay For This Wardrobe

No need--I have enough clothes to last me to the grave.

Blocks I've Been Around

Celebrity, fashion, movies, television, music, books, parenting, cooking, suburbia, midwestern, New York City

Things That Really Happened

You have no idea.

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

Writing movies for Adam Sandler. Or my hero, Ricky Gervais.

Why True/Slant

Let's add some fun! (And some female voices.)


What I'm Currently Addicted To...

Ricky Gervais. In anything.

This Is Annoying Me...

My husband's favorite stations on Sirius Radio: How many Frank Sinatra, Jr. songs do I have to listen to before it's grounds for divorce?

This Is Making Me Worry...

Are you kidding? What's not to worry about?

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

Any day the cat does not pee in his bed.

I'm Running From...

The nine calls a day I get from the US Olympic Committee.

This Is Helping Me Create...

A call from my accountant.

This Is Making Me Think - Hard...

I'll think about that tomorrow.

This Makes My Teeth Itch

The notion that "we are all responsible" for the economy's collapse.

Can't Do Without

Fresh produce.

Favorite Voices

The ones inside my head. And Randy Newman's, Dylan's, Bruce's, Lou Reed's, Bono's, Clapton's....hmm, I better find some female voices!

My Most Awkward Moment

God, every day is awkward. The competition is too great to rate.

My Secret Ambition

None. I am the proverbial open book.

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