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Former lawyer, freelance writer, editor, and tutor. New New Yorker.

The Titanic, the Diamond Princess COVID-19 outbreak, and how history repeats itself.

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When James Cameron’s Titanic arrived in late 1997, it sparked my decades-long obsession with the historical event. In an attempt to separate truth from fiction, I spent the next few months on the web and in the library, reading every account I could get my hands on: primary sources, old newspaper articles on microfiche.

I loved Titanic in part because of its emphasis on the economic stratification of the Gilded Age. …

Celebrating the Derek Chauvin verdict privileges Neo-liberal satisfaction over true justice.

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Like many who participated in the June after the death of George Floyd, I did not feel like celebrating when the Derek Chauvin verdict was handed down. Instead, I felt a mix of relief and emptiness. I felt the absence of that horrible sinking feeling I had when the grand jury failed to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, or when another grand jury failed to indict the officer who killed Tamir Rice, or when a jury acquitted the officer who killed Philando Castile — the feeling that what ails this country is terminal. …

The write support system. Get it?

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On the night I graduated from the top law school in the country, my parents sat me down and asked me, “What will you do when you fail?”

That’s right, on what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life, my parents spent over an hour lecturing me about how I’d thrown my life away by abandoning a career in law to become a writer.

For most of the four years that have followed that conversation, I’ve felt like an imposter. …

Seven strategies to read 50+ books in just one year.

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I have a confession to make: last year, I read embarrassingly few books for someone who calls herself a writer. Seriously, I tried to make a list of the books I read this year, and I could only count 10. I’m sure I read a few more, but honestly, much of this year has been a blur.

Some people found 2020 a triumphant year for their reading goals. Cooped up in their apartments with nowhere to go, they devoured book after book after book.

I, too, started the year with grand ambitions, but the pandemic quickly wrecked those. In a…

The pandemic has accelerated automation in non-creative fields, but are creative jobs vulnerable, too?

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Since the 1700s, when Luddites started smashing English looms, automation has been putting people out of work.

In the 20th century, automation took over manufacturing jobs, data entry jobs, manual computing jobs. Now, breakthroughs in “deep learning” have exponentially increased the number of jobs that can be automated. McKinsey estimates that, by 2030, as much as 30% of work will be done by machines, displacing almost 400 million workers.

If you’re entering the job market or considering a career change, you’re probably wondering whether your job will still be around 20 years from now.

AI is now being used to…

What to do when the little voice in your head tells you you’re not good enough.

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“The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”- Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Four years ago, I decided to become a writer. I’d just graduated from law school and was so repelled by the idea of being a lawyer that I moved to New York City and began pursuing my life long dream of becoming a writer. I’d written a (very bad) draft of a sci-fi novel while in school, but I wasn’t singularly focused on that project. Really, I just wanted to make a living from writing anyway I could.

In the beginning…

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