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Vindication 

​In the Afterlife is a palace for artists, scientists, and visionaries who died penniless, unrecognized, or forgotten, but whose genius has been vindicated by history. Van Gogh, Dickinson, Melville, Tesla, Lovelace, Poe, and many others toast each other for all … Continue reading

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“Unconvincing”

Please check out my flash fiction, “Unconvincing,” on Neil Fein’s Magnificent Nose, part of “Flash Fiction Week VI: Fathers, Mothers, Others.” Next on Perfect Whole, look for a guest post by Rich Smith about the intense pressure placed on students … Continue reading

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A Terminal Curable Disease

I’ve been brewing an essay on the illness that is perfectionism for a long time now. It’s not quite cooked yet. But this morning, after a terrible loss in our community, the thought came out  like this: Be a beautiful … Continue reading

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The Other Julie Goldberg

If you have arrived at Perfect Whole today looking for the Julie Goldberg who wrote the Modern Love essay in the New York Times this week, “A Disaster Scenario, Rewritten,” you have not come to the right place (although this place is … Continue reading

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Improvised Emergency Oil Candles

(Just for a change, a practical post.) Several people asked me about the oil candles I referred to in Perfect Whole, Superstorm Sandy Edition, so I thought I would post some pictures and directions for anyone who also finds herself … Continue reading

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