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


When the end is near, it can sometimes be too much to handle

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The inevitable cycle of love/hate/love/hate/surrender

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  1. I am going to write something that is going to be a HUGE breakthrough piece for me. It’s going to sound different from anything I’ve ever written. It is going to be epic. I will not fall back on all my tired habits and threadbare vocabulary choices and familiar tone: I am going to be reinvented. The future is MINE.
  2. This piece is a tad harder than I expected it to be. To begin with, is this even a story idea? Do I have any cool details to include? I was kind of expecting a little… more. …


We need to rein in the chaos of time to save our sanity

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I’d like to thank the following for getting me through this horrible year

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  • Listening to The Daily. I know we’ve all maxed out on listening and reading the news, but The Daily manages to calm me rather than increase my panic. Highly recommend.
  • Weeding my garden.
  • Listening to podcasts about murder, including Case Closed, Tom Brown’s Body, and Murder Book. I love a good murder, and I refuse to analyze whether this is unhealthy or not.
  • Getting a puppy. Truly an all-consuming enterprise, puppy management can take your mind of absolutely everything, including your profession, the pandemic, life, your children. As I am writing this, I am trying to keep the puppy from chewing my wastebasket. Soon he will need to be walked five miles, fed, emptied, fed again, walked more. …


Physical books made me a writer, but ebooks made me a daring reader

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Do people expect that if you’re a writer you have a dictionary embedded in your brain?

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Anyone want to discuss ‘The Leftovers’ with me?

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Taking stock of what you really miss

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It surprised even me

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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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