5 Things I Have To Have Now

September 30, 2007|By [LIZ ATWOOD]

NOVELIST LARRY DOYLE

Larry Doyle won two Emmys as a writer for The Simpsons TV show. He wrote episodes for Beavis and Butt-head and several movie screenplays. He has written for magazines and Web sites. Now the writer has just recently published his first novel, I Love You Beth Cooper, the story of a high school geek in love with the head cheerleader. Doyle and other first-time novelists shared their experiences as part of a panel at the Baltimore Book Festival. The event, held in Mount Vernon, ends today.

Doyle, 48, lives in Mount Washington with his wife, Becky, and three children -- Ben, 8, and 3-year-old twins Joe and Alice.

1

Dinner with John Waters at his favorite restaurant

"I see him at the grocery store occasionally, and he's always buying such nice food."

2

The Oxford English Dictionary

"The whole 20-volume set, along with all the supplements and an online subscription. I can't imagine the amount of work I'll be able to not do with something like that."

3

A bike

"I had one in Los Angeles, and it got stolen. And I swear if I had one now, I'd actually use it."

4

An African safari with the family

"They're outrageously expensive, of course, but more to the point, we barely made it through a trip to Hershey, Pa."

5

A full-time masseuse

"Though I'm sure I'd tire of her, eventually."

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