essays

Commentary & Opinion
12:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Essay: Coping With Anxiety

I ran on the track today. My heart was pounding, I could barely breathe. I knew that when people looked at me they could see my flushed cheeks, that bright hot red. I allowed myself to go in continuous circles anyways. It’s familiar. It reminds me of elementary school days, holding my father’s hand at the bus stop and garnering up tears so he would take me home before the bus pulled up. It reminds me of high school days, and the daily hyperventilating before stepping out my door and into the morning air, counting my breaths.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Don't Take Me Back To Manhattan - Sari Botton on "Goodbye To All That"

    

  In Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, twenty-eight authors (including Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, and Ann Hood) share their personal reasons for departing the city that never sleeps.

Sari Botton edits the collection and joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed July 17, 2013

"More Scenes from the Rural Life" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

  Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today.

Klinkenborg's new book - More Scenes from the Rural Life - gathers together 150 of his best pieces since his last collection, The Rural Life, was published a decade ago.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat

  Without mantras or manifestos, 29 writers serve up sharp, sweet, and candid memories; salty irreverence; and delicious original recipes. Food is so much more than what we eat. The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage is an anthology of original essays about how we learn (and relearn) to eat, and how pivotal food is beyond the table.

We speak about the book with one of its editors, Lisa Catherine Harper.

WAMC News
3:50 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Essay - Just One Year

Have you ever had a thirteen year old ask you if she was going to die? I have. It’s an experience I hope no one ever has to go through, but one that has taught me faith and strength I never thought I had.

When you find out a family member only has less than a year to live, your whole perspective on life changes. You focus on the day, take nothing for granted and live in that moment. This is something I’ve come to realize and appreciate more each day.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 1, 2013

TMI Project

  TMI Project is a nonprofit organization that offers memoir writing workshops that culminate in staged true storytelling performances - sort of like The Moth meets The Vagina Monologues. Their slogan is "Changing the world, one story at a time."

This past year, after receiving a grant, they launched the TMI Project Community Outreach Initiative, which brings the TMI workshop to under-served populations.

While doing that, they have also continued regular workshops and shows. On March 11th they begin their first "for the page" 9-week workshop. It's an essay writing class, and will culminate in a small collection of essays that will be for sale, and a reading at a book store.

They’ll have their third women's retreat workshop at LifeBridge Sanctuary in Rosendale March 15th - 17th.

There’s a LOT going on and Eva Tenuto, Executive Director of TMI Project, and Sari Botton, Editorial Director join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 15, 2013

"Looking for Signs" by Diane Cameron

    Diane Cameron is a writer, speaker, teacher and spiritual director. She is an advocate for people in need at Unity House in Troy, New York. Looking for Signs is a collection of her columns and essays.

She'll be signing the book at The Book House in Albany, NY on Saturday, February 23 at 3PM.

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Listener Essay - Love Found and Love Lost

  Elise Linscott is a senior at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu December 13, 2012

How to Spell Chanukah and Other Holiday Dilemmas

We welcome Emily Franklin to the show and speak with her about How to Spell Chanukah and Other Holiday Dilemmas..

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The Roundtable
12:49 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Lizz Free Or Die: Essays

We welcome Lizz Winstead and speak with her about her book, Lizz Free or Die: Essays.