Articles and Q&As

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"Even though it’s inevitable, the end of our own existence or that of anyone we love is barely possible to grasp. A person’s presence, once real, is not easily wiped away. How do you tackle such an intractable contradiction? I have written a book about a dead loved one, and I hardly know."– Anita Lahey, author of The Last Goldfish, on why we avoid talking openly about death.

Inspired by our panel discussion "On Being Alive", we've put together a reading list of four recently released memoirs.

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"In 2017, I spent six weeks alone in the countryside of Norwich, UK, working on my first book. I had almost zero human interaction, and I only conversed with a few cows and a donkey called Button. I attended his 30th birthday celebration. It was bizarre but wonderful." – Lindsay Wong on needing to be alone to write.

Read our exclusive Q&A with "In the Lead" panelists Sheena Kamal, Rob Shapiro and Lindsay Wong.

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"It's a crazy spaghetti twirl, and for the most part, you have to grit it out. Staying power is everything. Also, comparing yourself to others is a nightmare: it's an early mistake to do this, and I've learned to stay in my lane and trust that I'm doing my best." - Roz Nay on common traps for aspiring writers.

Read our exclusive Q&A with Thrill Her panelists Samantha Bailey, Roz Nay and Amy Stuart, who share insights on the writing life, what they're currently reading, and where they get their ideas.

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