Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nan Kirkpatrick


She is obsessed with Golden Girls and knows more about Scientology than probably anyone you know who is not a member of the church (she even once went as L. Ron Hubbard for Halloween). For the second show of Oral Fixation Season 4, Nan Kirkpatrick shares how she first began to realize that she is an alcoholic.

Nan Kirkpatrick is in two Dallas bands (Frauen and Little Beards), on a podcast called Secretly Timid, and the executive director of the Texas Equal Access Fund. When she isn’t working or jamming, she’s worrying about sinkholes.

Fixated Facts: 

What would you name the autobiography of your life? I actually joked earlier today that it would be I’m So Excited About Eating! The Nan Kirkpatrick Story. 

How did you hear about Oral Fixation? I heard about the show through Merritt Tierce, a local author and previous Oral Fixation performer who thinks I’m hilarious.
What other story did you consider submitting to Oral Fixation and why? I actually have a lot of tales that could fit into the theme of “Train Wreck.” It’s how I would describe most of my early 20s. But the other story that really stands out from that time is so exceedingly embarrassing that it’s hard for me to get the words out.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Someone who doesn’t have an anxiety disorder.

What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Over the years of being sober, I’ve come to learn how much I hate hanging out. I’m in a couple of bands, and I’ve even taken a book along to a couple of shows so that I could read alone in a corner before and after playing. Every once in a while I feel like being social, but most of the time when I’m not in my house it’s for a cause or for a show.

What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? My favorite book is The Stranger, by Albert Camus. I first read it at 18 or 19, but I read it every so often; I’m sure I’ve read it in the last decade. It never ceases to be the best book I’ve read.

Sneak peek: “I couldn’t go straight home to my empty house and my empty life right after work. I see it now as loneliness. I saw it then as an aching need for adventure. Maybe it was a little of both. … And, of course, I just loved to drink. These are the reasons I found myself alone at The Rock on this particular Wednesday wearing black stretch clothes and heavy makeup and shooting Tuaca with frightening rapidity.”

Catch Nan’s sobering story on November 3 and 12!


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