In a Time of Mass Mourning, Grief Stories Are a Lifeline
In our constrained culture where public, raw grief is not socially acceptable, I fear that grief stories are being asked to do too much.
Guernica The Year of Magical Thinking
Why are we not doing this for our dead? Why are we skulking back into our isolated homes to furtively scroll when we should be screaming together?
s.e. smith is a National Magazine Award-winning Northern California-based writer who has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Bitch Magazine, and numerous other fine publications.
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