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Beyond The Second Sex
I have some unusual Women’s History Month advice: Skip the theory and turn to Simone de Beauvoir’s fiction instead.
Creating… and Waiting
All of us who write, act, dance—create!—are familiar with the labyrinth that opens up under our feet when a project is finished and sent out for response. Currently, that’s the space where I find myself: I am waiting for agents to read my new book.
‘Tis the Season: Five Books to Give to Your Feminist Friends
Here we are, comfortably situated between the end of Channukah and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Being with friends, eating, drinking and helping each other through the fact that the darkness comes over us at three in the afternoon this time of year means so much to me during the holidays—but this year, gatherings areContinue reading “‘Tis the Season: Five Books to Give to Your Feminist Friends”
The Questions I’m Asked—and Not Asked Enough—About Novel Writing
Because National Novel Writing Month is galloping on, here are some reflections from someone who has been there—and is now going back for her second round.
Something Novel: Let’s Talk About Writing Books
It’s National Novel Writing Month! And I’m reflecting on my own process—and answering questions from novelists-to-be—all month long.
Mapping the Road Not Taken: Yoruba Priestesses, Chibok Schoolgirls, and the Human Spirit
The human spirit is the strongest force on Earth. When it is raised in a harmonious way, when it is used to right an injustice, there is no armament that can fell it.
Mapping the Road Not Taken: Three German Words That Threatened Women’s Freedom
There’s a lot about Weimar in The Road Not Taken. (There’s even an excerpt of some of those chapters up at Ms. magazine!) To this day, I haven’t seen an environment in which women were so free—and I grew up in Greenwich Village. This brings me to today’s magical question: What three words define your freedom?
Mapping the Road Not Taken: Four Egyptian Myths and a Second Chance at Life
Egyptian mythology says that your heart gets weighed against a feather when you die. I like that. You get judged for what you did with the lifetime you just lived. That brings me to today’s magical question: What is the life you’re waiting to live—and when will you begin allowing yourself to live it?
The Power of Telling Stories By, For, and About Women
I am a storyteller. At six years old I told stories that took my character deep into a cave where she discovered walls of colorful jewels and cavernous rooms filled with weird creatures.