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Scott Nadelson

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Scott Nadelson

Author of The Next Scott Nadelson

On Bravery and Writing

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I told them not to read it. “This one isn’t for you,” I said. But of course they did anyway. The book came out in March, and they came to visit in May. As I drove to the airport and waited for their plane to touch down, unease gave way to dread. And the moment I spotted them walking past the security checkpoint, I could see it in their expressions.

“You read it,” I said.

“I learned some things,” my father answered.

And my mother, tearfully, asked, “Why didn’t you tell...Forward

Poe Ballantine

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Poe Ballantine

Author of Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Poe Ballantine in Chadron, NE

Your Lucky Day

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A professional photographer who’d once worked for TIME Magazine (and who took that iconic photo of Obama WITHOUT his hand over his heart during the playing of the National Anthem in Indianola, Iowa), having a late dinner at Yoba’s, a restaurant in Rushville, Nebraska, about thirty miles east of where I live in Chadron, Nebraska, heard on the scanner that a motorcyclist out on the highway had hit a deer.  Everyone at Yoba’s assumed the motorcyclist would be dead. On his way to Chadron, where...Forward

“The Ongoing Joke About Women and Money Isn’t Funny Anymore”, by Monica Drake for The Establishment

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 18 Aug 2016

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My husband has a habit of saying in public that I am “bad with money.” He’ll toss this out in conversation as though it’s common knowledge, expecting to be met with general agreement, not debate. If he were to write this in an essay in one of the college writing courses I teach, I’d scrawl, “unsupported assertion” in the margin, and send him back to collect research or delete the line. In the passing moments of daily life though, nobody asks for evidence.

I’ve stood at his side...Forward


The Lenny Interview: Lidia Yuknavitch: The author who says she's on a "misfit's journey." by Suleika Jaouad

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 12 Aug 2016

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Sometime last year, I flipped open a book I knew nothing about that had been recommended by a Twitter acquaintance. The book was Lidia Yuknavitch’s 2011 memoir, The Chronology of Water, and if a rawer, more honest contemporary author exists, I have yet to encounter her. I felt myself circling further and further away from the little coffee shop I sat in and into a rebel galaxy where the rules—in life and in writing—no longer seemed to apply. Several hours later, I was still reading,...Forward

Lidia Yuknavitch at TED2016

The misfit’s journey: Writer Lidia Yuknavitch tells her story at TED2016

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 24 May 2016

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To those who feel like they don’t belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. “Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful,” she says. “You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.”

To see Lidia Yuknavitch’s TED talk, go to TED.