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Dev Patel in ‘The Green Knight’ Helped Me Manage My OCD

Many times I could have said the same as Gawain, terrified in the face what was to come, “I’m not ready. I’m not ready yet.”

Nov 23, 2021
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Waiting for Godot as an Impatient Schoolgirl

This was a time in my life when I believed fervently in a loving God, when I wanted to be obedient, and obedience meant waiting.

Nov 22, 2021
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Why Don’t American Schools Value Creativity?

High school almost crushed my dream of being a writer. Now, as an educator, I’m trying to be the teacher I never had.

Nov 22, 2021
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Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Money
As part of our Money Week series, literary agent Kate McKean shares the first installment of her column on book contracts, this one addressing advances, payouts, and royalties.
Sep 16, 2021
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Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Rights
In the second installment of her column, Kate McKean tells us all about the rights and subrights that could appear in your contract when you sell your book to a publisher.
Oct 26, 2021
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Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Surprises
In the final installment of her column, Kate McKean tells us about the things authors don’t expect to be in a book contract.
Nov 23, 2021
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To Every Woman Who Spent Her Twenties Apologizing
I squeezed myself in around other people’s priorities and problems, all the while saying: Take up all the room you want. I will make myself fit.
Nov 18, 2021
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Home Is Where the Strip Malls Are
Our relationships with these business owners dotted the San Fernando Valley from strip mall to strip mall.
Nov 17, 2021
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I Donated My Stuttering Brain to Science
As much as I hated being told that my stutter was “all in my head,” I liked being reminded that it was localized in my brain.
Nov 17, 2021
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Minor Arcana
I can twist any set of cards to say that.
Nov 19, 2021
Cover Photo: This illustration shows two people running down what looks like a southern California street. There are palm trees in the background and zombie grizzly bears, covered in purple gore, are chasing them down the block. The whole illustration has a purple overtone.
Mess You Up
When you intentionally hurt the ones you love most, you leave behind a demon you cannot kill.
Nov 12, 2021
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What it was was I wondered if I had the right to call it an assault.
Nov 05, 2021