It grows as you use it, so don’t worry

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Once you slip out of your own skin, it’s kind of wonderful

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With our son out of the house, my husband and I provide our own teenage ambience

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Extraordinary times mean extraordinary ways to be annoyed


Want to write like your favorite author? Open one of their books and start typing.

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Photo: Migle Kirklyte / EyeEm via Getty


How 10th grade world history almost broke me the second time around

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Reading your own work might be cringey, but it works

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Time has become fluid in the pandemic. Except when there’s a Zoom meeting.

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Online shopping has worn out its charms. I long to return to the sensory delights of retail.

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I’m too skeptical and stubborn to join, but still I can’t look away

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Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers in Paris, 1979. Photo by Bernard Charlon /Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Susan Orlean

Staff writer, The New Yorker. Author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and more…Head of my very own Literati.com book club (join me!)

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