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Phone Call From the Edge: Carrie Fisher Dishes her Friends, her New Novel, and, Most of All, Herself

NEW YORK -- "Hello," a groggy voice moans across the telephone line from the other coast. "Sorry, I'm a little bit out of it. My daughter got sick, so of course I got it. It's just a bronchial thing, but it's a drag. I feel like I'm under...

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"People get tired of restriction, then tired of abuse. I always wanted to be the meditation queen and move to Santa Fe, but it ain't gonna happen unless I'm on liquid morphine!

"Then people hear me say things like that -- which is a joke -- and say I'm doing drugs again. And what drugs am I gonna do? Pot makes me think about death. Coke is a nightmare. Acid's great, but who has time? I have a baby! I'm back in AA now. I don't qualify for Prozac, unfortunately. It sounds nice, but it reminds of me of when all those people said they had Epstein-Barr. It was only people who had time to get Epstein-Barr who got it. It's depression, that's all it is. Well, I've been depressed. Now I don't have time."

It's true, Fisher can hardly squeeze in another depression. She's got a child, more scripts to doctor, more books to write and another big project she wants to undertake: "I'm committed to having another baby -- I will have another one. I don't care if it's in a relationship or if I'm alone," she said.

"I went out with one guy who said, 'I read your books and I feel like we've already dated and broken up.' I sent him away. I'll have another kid. You forget about how bad you looked pregnant when they start talking. She's starting to talk like me. And you know what? That's pretty groovy!"
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