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POV: You’re The Bad Guy

In our day-to day lives we play a role—small or large—in each other's stories. Sometimes we are the comic relief, the best friend, the loving mother/father figure that espouses wisdom. Other times we have a less flattering role: We are the bad guy. To be the bad guy in someone's narrative, you don't necessarily need… Continue reading POV: You’re The Bad Guy

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It’s Okay to Not Finish That Book

I don't know who you are..... I don't know what you are reading.... But you don't have to finish that book. I know everyone in the book community is crowing about how good it is, how "important," how transformative. But those people are dumb. Okay, they aren't dumb, they just have different opinions than you.… Continue reading It’s Okay to Not Finish That Book

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Falling Back in Love with the Library

I have a confession to make. While I consider myself to be a major reader, up until about three weeks ago, I had not frequented a library in almost 2 years. Before you judge,I had a good reason (or at least I thought). Life was getting hectic and I have no impulse control. I was… Continue reading Falling Back in Love with the Library

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Thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” by Gary Stewart with Susan Mustafa

"My father wrapped me tightly in the dirty blue blanket and laid me there on the floor, making sure the pacifier was in my mouth so I would not cry before he was able to make his escape. He turned away, leaving me alone on the stairwell, clad only in a white towel that served… Continue reading Thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” by Gary Stewart with Susan Mustafa

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Spoiler-Free Thoughts on The Books I’ve Read In 2019 (So Far)

I made a promise to myself that I would try to read more books in 2019  since I didn't feel as though I read that much in 2018.  Fortunately (and surprisingly) I've managed to keep this vow even with my turbulent schedule and lack of desire to be productive. So here are some thoughts on… Continue reading Spoiler-Free Thoughts on The Books I’ve Read In 2019 (So Far)

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The Most Beautifully Awful Writing Advice Ever

Recently I was introduced to a gorgeous poem by the late Charles Bukowski called "so you want to be a writer?" Here's a small exert: if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and… Continue reading The Most Beautifully Awful Writing Advice Ever

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Book Review: “My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff

WARNING: CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS FOR THE AFOREMENTIONED MEMOIR.  A synopsis taken from the writer's website: At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent of J. D. Salinger. She spends her days… Continue reading Book Review: “My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff