The Writing Life

Two years ago, when I was living in Mexico City in a rented room that faced a noisy gas station and made me an insomniac for the first time in my life, I got the news that my book...

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Women We Read This Week

Kathryn Miles on a mysterious disappearance on the Appalachian Trail; Taffy Brodesser-Akner on the legend of anchorman Don Lemon; Lisa Grunwald on the art of love letters; Emily Fox Gordon on confessing versus confiding.

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Bookmarked

Lorraine M. Lopez recommends six writers on social class. "Their words move readers to reconsider comfortable assumptions, to alter their perceptions, and, as a consequence, to experience fundamental change in ways that can produce social change."

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Body Of Work

I read eyes and gestures, scars and tattoos. I read gathering films of sweat, fleeting looks, the shift of weight and the movement of eyelashes. I live for that moment before the photo is taken, the one when...

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Placed

Serbia. For me: baklava, sarma, palacinke, family, roots, the old country. For the uninitiated: a small landlocked country in southeastern Europe separated from the rest of the continent by the Danube river in the north, and from the Mediterranean by the Alps in the west.

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On Repeat

"I’ve never really been interested in plot, reading it or writing it. And I have a terrible time following plots too, which is deeply frustrating to say. But I’ve come to realize that I’m not the only person with this problem." An interview with Sarah Manguso on her latest book.

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My Own Trap

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Two years ago, when I was living in Mexico City in a rented room that faced a noisy gas station and made me an insomniac for the first time in my life, I got the news that my book, More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico, would be published.

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A Wilderness of Waiting

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In the eighth month of my nine-month human pregnancy, I go on a binge-Googling of animal gestation periods. Frilled sharks, I discover, gestate for 42 months. Elephants take 22 months. Sperm whales: 16. Walruses: 15. Rhinos: 14.

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Dream Body

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When I found out I was pregnant, I was training for a half marathon. I was also swimming regularly, about five times a week, sometimes with a club. I hadn’t been that fit in years; maybe I had never been that fit. I certainly remember thinking…

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Accidents

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I break the surface and sink again. I kick upwards, furiously, but I do not move. I do not move. My mind is blank and calm. I picture our neighbor’s empty pool in winter, and how it fills with dead leaves. Someone grabs my upper arm.

Written by Women: A Manifesto

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