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Interview with Dorian A. Myles

Myles, Dorian A.
Thomas, Jo
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with People and Places; Stories and Storytellers; Childhood Adventures
Dorian Myles talks about her favorite story growing up, The Cat in the Hat, and her current reading aloud habits.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Jo Thomas interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
JT (Jo Thomas): Ready? OK. This is Dorian. And your last name is--?
DM (Dorian Myles): Myles.
JT: Myles. OK. And she's 17 years old. Where were you born?
DM: I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
JT: Uh-huh. When did you move to NC?
DM: When I was [pause] two or three.
JT: Do you remember how old you were when you learned to read?
DM: When I learned to read?
JT: Uh-huh.
DM: I was probably four.
JT: Was it before you started to school?
DM: Yes.
JT: Uh-huh. So I imagine you enjoyed reading if you were already and you were four and not in school. Do you remember the kind of books you liked looking at and reading when you were little?
DM: Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss.
JT: Dr. Seuss? Did you like them to be read to you or did you like--.
DM: At first.
JT: Uh-huh.
DM: And, um, she read them so much that, until I memorized them.
JT: So you would play reading?
DM: Yeah.
JT: Did you go to the library? Did they take you to the library?
DM: Yeah. Maybe. Not that I really remember.
JT: Did you have a favorite Dr. Seuss?
DM: The Cat in the Hat.
JT: I bet you could say it!
DM: I can't remember it now. [laughter]
JT: OK. The kinds of books that you liked to read yourself, were they different from the ones that people would read to you?
DM: Not really, because I pretty much chose the book, and they would read it.
JT: And they would read it? OK. Do you have little brothers or sisters?
DM: No, no.
JT: Nephews or nieces?
DM: No.
JT: Little kids around you at all? No?
DM: Occasionally.
JT: Did you ever read to them?
DM: I did. I have.
JT: Uh-huh. Do you remember anybody in your family that would tell stories without using a book? A grandparent or aunt or uncle?
DM: Not--. No. Not that I can remember.
JT: So you couldn't remember the story, if you don't have a story to tell. Well, that's pretty much what I needed to ask you about. I appreciate your helping us out with this.