Category Archives: Cleverness

The Country Gentleman

There aren’t many choices when you’re a matronly 15 year old virgin who wants to be someone else. You can’t be the beautiful girl you’d literally kill to become. You’re also locked out of innocent ingénue, femme fatale, and cheerfully … Continue reading

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Dressing to suit your own personal fable

You wore your hair in braids last night and now it’s doing that rippling thing that helps it to catch the sun. Leave it down. You have that loose dress that you never wear, but today’s the day. With the … Continue reading

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How to Read Your Novel in Public

Invite all your friends. Convince yourself that if the gathering is mostly friends, you will feel less nervous. Forget to warn them that your work is entirely unsuitable for children. Make friends with the kids who get brought along anyway. … Continue reading

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The cure for the common cold

Alright, I googled this and I’m not the first person to come up with it. So maybe this is more well-known than I think it is, but when it occurred to me it seemed like a revelation. So here it … Continue reading

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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

I wrote a book. I am a novelist. I started writing the story that would become The Book of the Unnamed Midwife last summer. I had the idea during finals and I set it aside, convinced that it would take … Continue reading

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Pretty Damned Good Day

I applied to speak at commencement about two weeks before the due date. I didn’t think I had any kind of a chance to win, but I tried really hard to avoid repeating anything I’ve said in my columns at … Continue reading

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Adventures in Class Mobility

The other day I was at my desk at my internship. I love that job. (Yeah, I call it a job even though they’re not paying me. I do real and meaningful work there, and I enjoy it.) Over the … Continue reading

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