Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Caroline North

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She finds a weird sort of wisdom in the HBO show The Life & Times of Tim, and next month she will share a story about the wisdom that took hold of her while she was on a train ride to visit her addict half-brother in Oral Fixation’s second show of Season 4.

Caroline North was born and raised in Dallas. In 2010, she graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English. Since then she has lived and drank in Washington, D.C.; New York City; and New Haven, Connecticut. She now resides in Oak Cliff, where she’s a barista at The Wild Detectives and a freelance writer for the Dallas Observer.

Fixated Facts: 

What would you name the autobiography of your life? Barns I’ve Slept In. I’ve had the idea for a coming-of-age story with that title for a while, and I’ve worked on it a bit. The idea is to write about all of the people, things, and beliefs that I’ve sought shelter in.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well adjusted!

What is your favorite Dallas hangout? The Wild Detectives! I work there, so perhaps I’m biased, but if anything you’d think that would make me less inclined to spend my free time there. It really is my home away from home. I often stick around to write, read, play Cards Against Humanity, or watch live music.

What is the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? A guy I dated for four years once told me he was attracted to me because of my strong immune system.

What do you miss most about being a kid? Riding shotgun in my mom’s 1980s, two-seater Mercedes convertible, blaring “Give Me One Reason,” by Tracy Chapman.

Sneak peek: “At first I drank to forget who I was, and when I forgot, I drank because I was afraid that I was no one. I had lost a lot to addiction already — good grades, friends, and close relationships with family –but more noticeable were the things that I didn’t have to lose, because I hadn’t obtained them in the first place.”

Catch Caroline’s “Train Wreck” story on November 3 and 12!

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