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A Writer’s New Year’s Morning Walk

The sound, muted but insistent, fractured the early morning quiet. I followed the gulp-croak, gulp-croak into the front hallway in time to place a towel under my vomiting dog’s muzzle. It was four-thirty in the morning. I could hear the churning of his intestines. He looked at the front door. January had just begun and [...]

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Facts & Fictions, Or How I Tell the Truth with Lies

It happens at every reading. so I’ve begun to think of it as The Question. Indeed, the predictability of The Question is such that I’ve not only given it its own moniker, I’ve made a game of trying to guess where it will come from: Will it be the vaguely familiar, distinguished looking woman at [...]

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Writing about Old Age

In the New York Times review of A History of the Present Illness, Abigail Zugar noted that I write “lovely, nuanced description” and have joined “the ranks of those immortalizing the small, realistic retails of modern medical care.” That was nice, but perhaps more interesting was the following comment: “[She] is at her best in [...]

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