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My Editor Was Black

Debut author Naima Coster on working with Morgan Parker, the whiteness of publishing, and literary self-determination.

Dec 11, 2017
How Do I Keep My Old Work Friends Without the Old Work Drama?

“Friendship is here to delight and expand and challenge and deepen you, not to be a hand dragging you back into the pit.”

Dec 11, 2017
Please Don’t Pray for Us—We’ll Have Children When We’re Ready!

People I hardly knew implied that without children, I was failing as a woman, a Muslim, and a human being.

I’m Just Not That Into Him (As a Friend)—How Do I Gently Shut Him Down?

“Think of yourself as Beyoncé, or Lin-Manuel Miranda: Everyone wants to be friends with them, and that’s not possible.”

Nov 14, 2017
How Not to Do Peyote When You’re Panicking About Fascism

If many voters had emptied their minds of reason and empathy, had these spiritual tourists not done the same?

Nov 02, 2017
How to Mark a Child’s Religious Milestones

Shoshana and Saadia discuss milestones and coming-of-age ceremonies in their respective faith traditions.

Sometimes I Want to March

Despite hopes that writing is enough to cope with reality, to admit we should do something other than writing was liberating.

Oct 24, 2017
The Story I Can’t Write About My Family

In fiction, one needs motivations, wants, and fears; one needs cause and effect. In life, it’s messier.

How Watching Movies Helped Me Write a Book About Music

What I wanted to say about Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” has everything to do with the movies and TV series I love.

Sep 08, 2017
Between Sex Work and Poetry, a Proposition from a Writing Professor

“I trusted him, as students must their teachers, and he betrayed my trust.”

Aug 29, 2017
How to Coauthor a Book and Stay Good Friends

“You should absolutely burn a penis candle before doing anything important.”

The Invisibles: American Polarization and the Reality Gap

“The fracturing of our political reality is a wound a long time in the making.”

Why I Cannot Write About My Father

“There is no word that explains how girls love absent fathers.”

Jul 26, 2017
You’ll Feel a Pinch: An Attempt to Get Birth Control to Outlast a Presidency

“Taking care of our bodies is a privilege when it should be a right.”

Jul 13, 2017
Agent Provocateur: Finding Representation for Your Book

How to find an agent? Try cocaine and yelling. JK

Jul 12, 2017
The Long Haul: What Creative People Can Learn from Diana Nyad, Tommy Caldwell, and Frigate Birds

Can writing change the shape of our organs? Do brains warp into book-making shape?

Jun 29, 2017
Deal or No Deal: Why Being a Literary Agent Doesn’t Make It Easier to Write a Book

To all the wonderful would-be authors out there: Do as I say, not as I do.

Jun 27, 2017
Fasting With Children

“Fasting has been a source of comfort, a way to become closer to God. All that changed when I had children.”