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On Nostalgia and Growing Up in The Interestings

Much of The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer was part nostalgia, part lesson in the importance of growing up.

The Interestings follows a group—Ethan, Ash, Jules, and Jonah—through important life events, beginning with the group’s meeting at summer  arts camp, Spirit-in-the-Woods, where they thrived on creativity and the desire to live their talents. 512 more words

21st Century Literature

On Heartbreak and Soul Loss

Perhaps, if you had been following along from the beginning, in the little house with the two cuddly cats (I still miss them terribly) in that quiet shaded neighborhood, you may already have predicted–or at the very least, not be surprised to learn–that I would be back again in my parents’ house, sitting at home with our beloved 15-year-old dog, broken again after more debacled essays at living; unemployed, single, hungry as a wild thing (At present, I can’t get the desire for all things chocolate out of my mind); and also hyperventilating mildly because of my antidepressant, which affects my breathing so that inhaling and exhaling and inhaling…etc. 2,152 more words

On Freakhood


Collusion Course

Is a “eureka moment” always a good thing? Is it always instantaneous? I had one that took several months to evolve and, when the light finally turned on, when the moment of clarity shown, when the flower finally bloomed, I felt like an idiot. 2,285 more words

Coming Of Age

I Want to Be Naive Again

In college, I took a Composition Theory course. The professor had crafted the course so that we spent a week or so studying different theories of teaching students to write (and to my surprise, there are a lot!). 1,113 more words


Historically clueless

MY MAIN BEEFS, or rather some of them, with collectivists are that they are untutored in history and clueless about human nature. They are utopian and naive more often than not. 87 more words


Letters to our Son: Supernatural Childbirth

Have you ever been jumped, bullied, fired, foreclosed, dumped, divorced or endured a public wardrobe malfunction? If you answered yes to any of these things, then you understand SHAME.  827 more words

Forget Me Not

When Things Really Aren't What They Seem

There’s a beautiful African American girl often seen on the Avenue. She’s a willowy, 6 foot gal with loping legs and a runway model’s leanness dressed as if she popped right out of Vogue. 253 more words