Category: Modern Mythographer

Fight The New “Hobby Lobby” Religious Order: Get Ordained

In which I explain how joining up with your choice of online church can help overthrow the misconceptions about religion that led to the Hobby Lobby verdict.

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90 Years of Spiritual Merchandising

If you’ve heard of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, a small white poetry book with a drawing of a man staring intensely out from the cover, you probably associate it with the 1960s. That’s when the so-called counterculture Bible began to be read at weddings (“Love one another, but make not a bond of love”),… More →

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Seven Storytelling Sins

I use Grammarly for English proofreading because it saves me from my overpunctuated sentences, but in a nice way, without making me feel bad. I was immediately intrigued by the recent This American Life episode  “Seven Things You’re Not Supposed To Talk About.” A producer’s mother had ironclad rules about topics that should never be talked… More →

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How (Not) To Conduct An Interview

It’s a reasonable assumption that I must have gotten to talk to lots of interesting people for my book on people seeking the Garden of Eden, just like it’s a reasonable assumption that I got to visit lots of beautiful places (Ohio and Missouri are nice, but hardly paradise). And I always feel a little… More →

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Nonfiction November

Hey, it’s November, you know what that means: National Novel Writing Month, adorably shortened as NaNoWriMo. This is not like Excema Awareness or Secretary Appreciation Month, this is a Month that actually comes with its own friendly competition, and cozy writing community. Write every day for 30 days, end up with a 50,000 word novel,… More →

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When Does Research End And Writing Begin?

I use Grammarly for English proofreading because as a professional copy editor, I have learned that everyone makes mistakes. Everyone, including me. Recently I’ve encountered the question “when does research end and writing begin?” popping up all over the place. My fellow writers struggle with it while working on book manuscripts, and get a variety… More →

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Rules of Three, Leave Them Be

I use Grammarly for english proofreading because I just had to tell my writing student that she shouldn’t suggest “razing the kids” in her essay. Generally speaking, I’m not a believer in all those “rules for writing” that you read about.  From “don’t start a sentence with ‘and’,” to “write what you know,” most of… More →

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Don’t Judge a Book Writer By Her Day Job

If you know me in real life, and chances are that the five of you reading this blog do, you know I make my modest living as a freelance copy editor for a ragtag band of New York City-based magazines and book publishers. Today was a typical Monday: I dropped off some proofreading I did… More →

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How to Eat A Lobster Like the 99%

1.) Help out the workers. Right now there’s a lobster glut. Too much supply is making for the lowest prices seen in decades. In Maine you can get lobster for $4 a pound, which is less than chicken breasts at Trader Joe’s. Prices are so low that the working lobster men and women–still a small-scale,… More →

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Lobster Anxiety, Part Two

As soon as we got to Maine, we began planning one-percent-style outings. My mom had booked tickets to the rare public opening of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s private garden, which is open only on eight days a year, a magnificent manicured sanctuary in the middle of the Maine woods. We drank gin at The Claremont, a… More →

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