Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Kendra Greene
She gives a mean haircut, can teach you to order “six pastries” in Portuguese, and sometimes does an impression of a giraffe doing an impression of Yoda — and this month she shares a tale about a Chilean rafting trip gone awry with the Oral Fixation audience.
Kendra Greene is the writer in residence at the Dallas Museum of Art. She is also the current art director of Defunct and reads the news on North Texas Radio for the Blind. What she wouldn’t give for a letterpress studio and a case of wood type.
How did you hear about Oral Fixation? The incomparable Merritt Tierce read last season, and I’ve been curious ever since.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? You hear enough people tell great stories, you want to be one of them.
What is the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? “You look very human.” This from a man who plans to live 332 years.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? NYRB Classics is republishing The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars next year. I loved it growing up and was impressed to discover as an adult that it is just as delightful now.
Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? The bear on the Crofter’s jam jar. I have a friend who thinks science should make us tiny house bears. I think this is exactly what they’d look like.
What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Sakhuu. Dallas felt like home as soon as I found a great Thai restaurant in walking distance of my house.
Sneak peek: “Standing around in our matching blue wetsuits and our identical red helmets, and brandishing the same blue-handled yellow oars, it seemed possible we actually were interchangeable. The conversation stalled, and we dropped our lobbying for redistribution — not because we were convinced, but because they were. It seemed disagreeable to disagree, and no one else, not even the river guides, seemed the least bit concerned. So we went with it.”