Published in the New York Times Op-Ed

 

bikes

“BLOOMBERG, love him or hate him?” a friend asked.

“Hate,” I said.

Hate is a strong word, and please don’t get sidetracked by it. New York’s a passionate place, I’m passionate about the place, and that’s how the question was posed. I had to pick one. No way was I picking “love.”

It’s this bike program...

 

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Published in Vogue

 

meg ryanToday I am going to the John Marshall studios on Ninth Avenue between Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth streets to hear Meg Ryan record the audiobook of Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog (etc.). I am anxious—anxious because writing this book was deeply emotional for me. I am worried that, in that studio, I am going to fall to pieces.

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Published in the New York Times Op-Ed

 

bakeryMY favorite thing is a bakery, and my favorite thing about where I live is how many bakeries are a dog’s walk away. Dogs aren’t allowed in bakeries, but many Manhattan bakeries have little benches in front so you can tie your dog’s leash to a bench leg and keep watch out the window to make sure your dog isn’t dognapped while you are buying a croissant.

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boot snakePublished in MORE Magazine

 

I DON'T DO THERAPY.

I used to do therapy.  I had a shrink in my twenties when I was unhappily married.  I had another for a year or two in my thirties.  The reason escapes me.  I don’t even remember the psychotherapist’s name, although I do remember the names of all my bad boyfriends.  How ironic is that?  Now that I am veering out of middle age, I don’t have time for a talking cure.  I’d be in a nursing home by the time I’d worked the problem out.

Instead, I work from the outside in. In the lifelong battle of empowerment versus insecurity, calm versus anxiety, positive versus negative, I swear by these tricks:

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