"In her essay “The Love of My Life,” Cheryl Strayed writes about losing her mother when she was a young woman, and returning to college to tell peers she had gone to Mexico over spring break. She wished to protect others from her own deep pain. Only later did she realize how unnatural this modern way of approaching loss really was.“ If, as a culture, we don’t bear witness to grief,” she writes, “the burden of loss is placed entirely upon the bereaved, while the rest of us avert our eyes and wait for those in mourning to stop being sad, to let go, to move on, to cheer up.” Modern Loss is a new website that aims to bear witness."
— Modern Loss, From Those Who Know It – The Sisterhood – Forward.com
"If you go on valuing recognition and praise of others, you’re asking to be ruined. The only value in expression is its inherent value."
— How is literary success defined? | Cover Story | Creative Loafing Atlanta
"In its pages, debut novelist Adelle Waldman takes an uncomfortably close magnifying glass to a group of Harvard-educated, Brooklyn-dwelling literati and journalists. Wait, my inner voice cried out, as the narrative laid these characters’ petty foibles bare, this isn’t me. I mean, I may have been educated at that fabled university, but now I live in far away Harlem and besides, most of my crowd are progressive journalists, not mainstream journalists (meanwhile, I’m still trying to break into the literati)."
What would Nate make of me now? | Lilith Magazine
Some bloggy thoughts on Adelle Waldman’s “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.”
"We’re pitching the same story: How do you grow Jewish social justice?” says Messinger one warm Wednesday night in late October as she relaxes in the living room, thumbs through her mail, and snacks on potato chips and Diet Coke with lime — she says the food at her evening event earlier was “too healthy.” Sneiderman perches on a chair nearby. Messinger, 73, owns the apartment with her husband, Andrew Lachman, but since he works in Connecticut as the executive director of Connecticut Center for School Change, and she frequently travels for AJWS’s international humanitarian work, the place has become something of a way station for both family members and members of her extended family of progressive Jewish leaders."
Ruth Messinger and Marilyn Sneiderman Are Odd Couple of Jewish Social Justice – Forward.com
I wrote a profile of two Jewish feminist nonprofit leaders who have an unusual, and super paradigm-busting, living arrangement.