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Natalie Standiford was born and raised in Baltimore and studied Russian Language and Literature at Brown. She writes books for adults, children and teens, and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and plays bass in several rock bands with other restless writers.

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In each issue I will answer reader questions using my special fortune-telling method, the Movie Ticket Oracle (see below). I'll also update you on news about my books, events, writing tips, New York City life, '80s nostalgia, and interesting things to read, see, and hear.

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It's a fortune-telling advice column and newsletter in one!

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"Dear Movie Ticket Oracle, in your cinematic wisdom..." Make your questions as specific as possible! The more specific the question, the more specific the answer.

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My assistant, Lucy, is clearly the psychic one.

About the Movie Ticket Oracle

In ASTRID SEES ALL, Phoebe Hayes gets a job telling fortunes in a nightclub, under the name "Astrid the Star Girl." She doesn't read palms or tarot cards--she has devised her own fortune-telling method, the Movie Ticket Oracle. In a cardboard box she has saved the ticket stubs of every movie she's ever seen, and she uses these stubs in place of tarot cards. When her client asks a question, Phoebe shakes the box and pulls out three tickets at random. She places them on the table and analyzes the meaning of the movies' titles, plots, and stars, and in this way intuits an answer.


This is what I'm going to do for you! Send me your questions. I'll choose a few questions, draw at random three movie titles for each one, and interpret them to find an answer. Purely for fun, of course. I'm not psychic (I mean, of course, I think I'm psychic, but technically I'm not) and have no expertise in anything. But I do think there is something interesting and revealing in looking for patterns in chance and random occurences. Let's see what comes up.