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Enlarging the Field, Enlarging the Heart by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer  Edmund W. Gordon A few days ago I received an email from someone I did not know. The writer said that she had been reading my new novel, was "really enjoying it," and ... Read on »
Walking & Reading by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We used to read on the walk home from school, remembering, usually, to pause at the corners and look for cars before stepping off the curb. Sometimes a car would slow an ... Read on »
A Greek Island, Low and Away by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This book put its spell on me fourteen years ago. I wrote about it for All Things Considered today. (Why oh why, though, did they swap out the splendid design of the h ... Read on »
The Glassblower's Breath by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On a day like today (a bluestone sky, the air charged with muted light and a kind of enervating, promising pressure), back when I was a kid, I'd feel the desire to make ... Read on »
Writers Recommend by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer From Poets & Writers"In this online exclusive we ask authors to share books, art, music, writing prompts, films—anything and everything—that has inspired them in the ... Read on »
Newtonville Books Questionnaire, With Apologies to Sarah Silverman by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer (administered by the impossibly glamorous and redoubtable Mary Cotton and Jaime Clark, proprietors extraordinaire of Newtonville Books , where I will be reading this Thu ... Read on »
Pratfall by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I receive the following query: might I like to tape an interview with Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the New York Times Book Review, for their weekly podcast? Instant l ... Read on »
Bright for Stars by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Last night I went to walk the dog. My oldest said wait, he'd come along - he wanted to get some pictures of the stars. He'd been reading up on how to photograph starligh ... Read on »
Mayn Rue Platz by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Happy Labor Day. Mayn Rue Platz is a poem written in 1911 by the sweatshop poet Morris Rosenfeld after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. This recording is by Vocol ... Read on »
In Mourning and In Fortune by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On the phone yesterday with my mother, I came to the realization that I am in mourning and have been, for months if not years, without having quite realized the fact.  I ... Read on »
Sex: A Diversion for the Dog Days by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Having come to the conclusion, a few weeks shy of publication of my new novel, that my attempt to spend the months leading up to publication blogging about the experienc ... Read on »
The Porridge Bowl: A Self-Evaluation by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Just over two months ago, on June 9th , I started a new little series within this blog, in which I proposed to write posts explicitly dealing with the process and experi ... Read on »
On Criticism and Praise, Part II by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My mother used to tell how, as a little girl, whenever she found herself beset by a particular kind of isolating dread - a mood of not-quite-articulable worry, of gnawin ... Read on »
On Criticism and Praise, Part I by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer An anonymous reader asks for my thoughts on criticism and praise. I have long been fond of a particular Rilke line about criticism and love , one I have quoted in thi ... Read on »
Dear Enhatted: by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I find contests in general rather mean-spirited. When the criteria for winning is supposed to involve merit, the impossibility of fair evaluation rears its ugly head, an ... Read on »
Step Right Up, Step Right Up by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I'm told a link has just gone live: click here for a chance to win one of five signed copies of my new book, "The Grief of Others." The contest lasts till the end of the ... Read on »
To Be a Man or Woman 'For Others' by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A student writes and tells me she has decided to apply to an MFA program in creative writing after graduating from college next spring. But she is plagued by doubt. Not ... Read on »
Work's the Thing by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This past spring I was on a panel. (That sounds weird. I am generally not on panels. This is the second post in a week in which I've mentioned one, too. I don't want to ... Read on »
Friends in Disguise by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A few weeks back, a reader asked what I think about the relationship between mothering and writing. I've pondered the question - all its many possible interpretations - ... Read on »