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Lidia Yuknavitch’s TED Talk and Telling the Stories Only You Can Tell

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Being a misfit isn’t easy. Author Lidia Yuknavitch, however, insists that the people who don’t quite “fit” into society are the ones whose stories we most desperately need to hear. In this moving talk from TED2016, Yuknavitch tells the story of her initial foray into “being a writer” after winning a prize for one of her early short stories. Part of the prize won her the opportunity to meet with fabulous authors and well-to-do publishing executives – but, as Yuknavitch describes, she was so busy being frozen with indecision that she failed to get the book deals that were lining up right in front of her. Unpacking this experience in the context of her tumultuous life, Yuknavitch relates that some…

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Why the geometry of the love triangle pulls us in

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Contained within the simple geometry of a love triangle are all the ingredients for an engrossing plot. There are characters (desired and desiring, therefore compelling); conflict (fights and lies and changes of heart); and resolution (someone will win, someone will lose, the triangle will be broken apart). Is it any wonder, then, that we return to these stories again and again? In his newest novel, I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books, April) Tom Spanbauer manages to give readers a fresh look at this well-worn story. Spanbauer, whose works explore issues of sexual identity, race, and family, is the author of four previous novels and the founder of Dangerous Writing. Ben, the narrator of I Loved You More, explains the appeal of…

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Taking care of our parents, and ourselves

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“In any given year, almost 30% of the U.S. population will be caring for an ill, disabled, or aging friend or family member.” So we are informed by Ariel Gore in her new memoir The End of Eve (Hawthorne Books, March). She goes on to explain: “The typical caregiver, it turns out, is me: An adult female with children of her own caring for her widowed mother.” Gore is the publisher and editor of the alternative parenting magazine Hip Mama and the author of seven previous works of fiction and nonfiction. Her latest book about caring for her mother is not a how-to. While she beautifully details the turbulent years after her mother, Eve, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung…

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