"Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to give this book to my mother. To present it to her as a precious gift over a meal that I’ve cooked for her. To say: Here is everything that keeps us from really talking. Here is my heart. Here are my words. I wrote this for … Continue reading Books: “What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence”
Hello Chicago Awkward People, Tomorrow, August 1, I am telling a story about what it's like to be an advice writer and answer questions like "How are you keeping your shit together when the world is :frantic hand gestures: like this?" when you are not necessarily keeping your shit together at a mental health-themed storytelling … Continue reading 2 Chicago Storytelling Shows: 8/1 and 8/9
There's a really interesting conversation about narcissism that popped up in a comment thread yesterday that made me think harder about the "Don't offer diagnoses for people based on letters or internet comments" rule we have here and I'd like to expand on it. At length. This rule has been in place almost from the … Continue reading Rule Explainer: Why We Don’t Diagnose People Through The Internet
It's National Adoption Month, and I wrote a thing about fantasizing about my "real" family that you can read here.
Hello friends! It's Elodie Under Glass here with a guest post on Low Moods. I particularly want to thank Quisty, Kellis Amberlee and TheOtherAlice for their kindly help in reading and editing this piece. It would not have existed without their care, support, compassion, and wonderful editorial abilities. They are truly remarkable humans! (edited: And … Continue reading Guest Post: Breaking The Low Mood Cycle
My friends and former students are graduating! Many of you are probably graduating! Dear Sugar made a graduation speech, and ladies and gentleman, if that woman decided to start a church I would try to go to that church. When I graduated from college, my graduation speaker was Richard Holbrooke and he patiently explained to … Continue reading Graduation Day
I like this post about how to promote yourself without being a jerk. I've been linking CaptainAwkward.com hardcore on the Book of the Face and the Twitter. This is a good reminder that you have to self-promote your work (no one else will), so don't feel ashamed, but also don't be such a Dalek about … Continue reading Links!
Bookslut writes about Judith Warner's column on "yoga memoirs" like she took the words right out of my mouth. "It was with joy/frustration/hilarity that I read, then, Judith Warner's piece in the New York Times about the rise of the yoga memoir. And how it ties into the death of feminist political action, because all … Continue reading The State Religion is Constant Self-Improvement