Top Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving Meltdowns

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Unlike most advice columnists (and the singer Sade), I am not a Smooth Operator.  Foot-in-mouth is a familiar position for me.  And if I did not write the Social Q’s advice column (and new book) for the Styles section of The New York Times, I would surely need to read it. So, as we land on Thanksgiving, that roller derby of holidays, on which so many extended families and misfit friends gather… Read More

NaNoWriMo, aka How to Fail Your Classes in November

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If you’re not familiar, the abbreviated gibberish above stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is, beginning on November 1, to write 50,000 words—a somewhat short novel, essentially—before the first of December rears its frostbitten head. Sure, it may sound simple. You probably speak 50,000 words a day. But this is a novel we’re talking about. And if your high school English classes taught you nothing, a novel deals with character… Read More