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Enough with the tropes. Let’s get real.

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‘Marilou Is Everywhere,’ one day at a time

Former party girls know how it is: Each night is a sheet of fresh ice. You go skating across it, feeling young and free and invincible. You go faster and faster. You start falling down, and it’s funny at first. Everybody is laughing, too. Play another song on the jukebox…


This writer’s take: You can write whatever you want. But you have to keep a few things in mind.

You may have heard about the “Bad Art Friend” scandal, I mean, clickbait, I mean, Twitter fun.

I know that my friends and I can’t seem to stop texting about it (complete with “don’t subpoena this group chat” gallows humor). I write autofiction, also called fiction, and personal essays. I…


What two bouquets and a book taught me about creativity

“yellow + restraint = light.”

This journal observation/bit of philosophy is lifted from the first edition of my friend Alejandro’s generous and lovely newsletter.

I’m thinking about this little meditation now, but it wasn’t at the front of my mind when I stumbled into the local flower shop on Monday to detox from a whirlwind…


These words from Emmy Award winner Michaela Coel changed my perspective on creativity

Michaela Coel came for my entire soul in her Emmy speech.

Unlike the usual hats off to God and thank yous to mom, the I May Destroy You star had a message specifically for writers:

Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I…


We contain multitudes; should our avatars reflect that?

The other week I woke up in an absolute, hellfire snit. I had not been that cranky in a long time. (I know you have been there.)

While I was lying there in bed, kvetching out loud and in general making a nuisance of myself, I recalled a creature I’d…


A short story by the author of the collection “The Cult In My Garage”

Where are his eyebrows? I had prepared myself for gaunt and pale, sure. Maybe with a bandana like Campbell Scott in that 80’s movie with Julia Roberts. But, no. His face is puffy and pink, his shaved head shiny and unadorned and his eyebrows are totally AWOL. I wish I’d…


The lessons she taught me play a part in all the fiction I’ve ever written

As a child, my grandmother mailed me monthly letters. I wrote her back but not nearly as often. My preference was for fiction, and I filled notebooks with charcoal pencil scribblings about living in a city, fighting crime, and becoming a local hero.

I was alone often, but life was…


You never know when you’ll find the encouragement you needed

For a period of a few months, I spread pages of the Sunday paper under my son’s high chair. Overlooked articles came to my attention as I stooped to clear fallen banana and beans.

One day, splat on tight columns of tiny text: The obituaries, the paid-for kind. The beautiful…

Express Yourself

Sometimes the lessons you learn from writing a book aren’t quite what you expected

I’ve heard that a lot of writers have a similar origin story: They’re reading a novel and suddenly stop. “Holy crap,” they say, I can do better than this!” Then they close the book and sit there, or they fall down and lie there, dazed.

“I can do better than…

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