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How to fight with your relatives over the Thanksgiving Dinner table.

I’ve thought for years about writing a Thanksgiving story — a feast-become-food-fight of ideas over the dinner table — but I’ve never done it. Too much too close for comfort perhaps. Meanwhile, I will give you something to be thankful … Continue reading

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“I’ll tell you how fiction works, but first let me tell you how I found it out.”

Cathleen got a library card, and I got one, too, this so we can each besmirch our own reputations. To celebrate my first library card in years, I checked out a book called “How Fiction Works” by James Wood. Accordingly, … Continue reading

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All I want for my birthday is undying impact. Will you get it for me, please?

Give the Gift of Willie: For less than a buck, you can give someone you love a glimpse of a better way to dance.I have so much to talk about, and no one at all to talk to. I wear … Continue reading

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Which first lady would you trust to drive a tent stake into Vladimir Putin’s skull?

Of all the first ladies of my lifetime, I like Melania Trump best – elegant dignified silence. And of all of the women in public life right now, she’s the one who seems most to embody Yael, too, the wife … Continue reading

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Fresh Willie: Bedtime stories for your inner child from The Mall of Misfit Families.

Hope is family. Family is hope.That’s why trains go in circles.Brother Willie has been writing choo-choo train stories for two years now. The first collection of them publishes today. It’s called “Traindancing: Bedtime stories for your inner child from The … Continue reading

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You’re like who? Who’s like you? Who in the world actually agrees with you?

My friend James Pruitt fingered this news photo, source unknown to me, and this is my subsequent crop of the image – cropping to the action that matters to me. You see the Rockwell right away, of course, and the … Continue reading

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Humanizing the Harvey Weinstein saga, thus to find redemption – and #MyKindOfBenedy – everywhere.

There but for the grace of fortune go you.The headline isn’t even a challenge: I did it Saturday. I left most of the work on Harvey’s desk, but I showed you how the man can still be lovable and human, … Continue reading

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