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#FridayReads: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

#FridayReads: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Suicide is not the kind of thing you discuss at the dinner table. Even when we do talk about it, we tend to take one point of view: Prevent it at all costs. But who are we to decide what course someone else should take? Miriam Toews’ novel All My Puny Sorrows raises that question...

Nature Blog: Take heaven where you find it

Nature Blog: Take heaven where you find it

This post originally appeared on February 26, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

You might think a self-imposed deadline will motivate you to write that story, research that paper, or establish your vegetable garden. It won’t. At least, it won’t if you don’t have a plan to back it up. I have learned this from depressing, depressing experience. Here’s an example from last fall. It’s about September, and...

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

The Hypothetical Girl exposes the hidden emotion of online dating

Every story in Elizabeth Cohen’s first collection, The Hypothetical Girl, has a “Yes, yes that’s it!” moment. These are romance stories for the connected twenty-first century, but I have to warn you, most of them don’t have happy endings. Although online dating is gaining more acceptance in our culture, a lot of people still look...