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Stay at HomeI know where to step. I tiptoe from plank to plank. The hallway and stairs are the trickiest spots in this old house, but I’ve mastered how to avoid the areas that creak and crackle and pop and whine. But sometimes I miscalculate. The stair creaks. Shit. I freeze, listen. My daughter wails.
Almost Behind Us“I think he knocked out my tooth,” I tell my husband, carefully feeling around my mouth with my tongue. My three-year-old had been in my arms, but he’d wanted to dance.
What’s the Story #75"One of my reasons for starting Creative Nonfiction was to make the genre seem more legitimate and to secure its place on serious bookshelves"
Wait TimesSlipping through the cracks in the emergency room
Issue 75 / Issue 56
Black Is the BodyBlack? Brown? African American? When your children inhabit a world you could never have imagined
Issue 75 / Issue 55
Cheryl Strayed & Elissa Bassist on how they measure success“Humility is about moving forward, doing the work, seeing what comes after you put the time in”
Sheri Fink on blending science and narrative"I feel like I bring that same investigative approach that I did to the lab to investigative journalism."
Patricia Hampl on what makes a memoirist“My fundamental instinct remains a sense of wonder, a luminous amazement at existence”
Erik Larson on the joys of digging through archives"You never know what you’re going to find in the next folder."
Leslie Jamison on the usefulness of cliché“When experiences are common—universal, even—you can still find language for them that illuminates them in a new way”