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Only Connect: A Pandemic Ghost Town

Looking around, I saw my cozy but lonely sanctuary. There are moments when heaven and hell become indistinguishable....

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Short stories

Only Connect: Ariel Tames Us

While the gale winds of Hurricane Sandy ripped through Brooklyn, Ariel was a ghost presence in the apartment....

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Short stories

Only Connect: Finding Ariel

When Ariel showed up on our block, she was young and homeless and in her mother’s care....

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Short stories

Coming of Age as Simone de Beauvoir: From Catholic Schoolgirl to Avant-Garde Rebel

Coming of age in early-20th century Paris, Simone de Beauvoir transformed herself from a devout Catholic schoolgirl into one of the foremost intellectual rebels of the 20th century....

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Coming of Age Women

From Protest to Plague and Back Again

Can we ever know the past? Sure, we have research—records, documents, and archaeological sites—but long-ago words and stones leave huge gaps. Sensory memory rushes to fill those gaps, dangling its low-hanging fruit....

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Playground Zero COVID-19 Political Protest

Berkeley in the 1960s: An Unforgettable Character

When I wrote Playground Zero, a coming-of-age novel set in Berkeley during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, I wanted to convey something of the city’s splendor, along with the anarchy of those years....

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1960s Counterculture Berkeley Coming of Age Playground Zero

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