There’s a scene in Audrey Diwan’s latest movie Happening, set in 1963 and dedicated entirely to the attempts of a girl named Anne to get an illegal abortion, in which Anne finally tells her two best friends, Hélène and Brigitte, that she is pregnant and wants to not be. Brigitte…
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It’s been a year and a half since I started this newsletter. When I look at it as a whole, I see that it has become a record of progress in my writing…
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I wrote this six years ago.
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Have you ever cleaned a sofa with one of those upholstery-cleaning vacuum machines? You first have to spray down the sofa surface with a cleaning…
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I see the date on James’s name tag a few minutes after he walks into the hospital room. He’s across the bed from me, petting Leah, and the neon-orange…
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Last week I went to the IFC Center to see Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God. It was my third time seeing it; I went because Sorrentino was doing a Q&A…
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There’s a scene in one of the bonus episodes of Euphoria, the one where it’s just the protagonist Rue and her NA sponsor Ali getting pancakes at a diner…
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You might have noticed that I did not publish a newsletter last week. For the foreseeable future, I’m shifting to a biweekly schedule so that I have a…
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