DIY Everything

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From skin care to relationships to home decoration to chasing down a literary legend, ELLE’s July issue for me was all about the DIY spirit. I learned a couple of important things–click  through (or pick up a copy on newsstands) to read more:

1) Manuka honey just might be able to solve all your problems.

2) Harper Lee really had a way with swear words.

3) I want to visit PELLE Designs in Red Hook this summer, thanks to meeting this lovely lady.

4) Applying the improv motto “Yes, and…” to your love life leads to good stories–not good dates.

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City Babes, Summer Hair

For ELLE’s June issue, I interviewed Rachel Blumenthal, fashion maven and founder of chic parenting site Cricket’s Circle, and summer-hair guru Ward Stegerhoek, for their advice on summer dressing and hair styling. Click through for more from Rachel and from Ward.

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Only Dreaming?

Ever wonder whether lucid dreaming and meditation can help redirect your waking life? I checked out an artsy exploration of the idea at NYC’s Rubin Museum this spring — called a “Dream-Over” — and wrote about it for ELLE.com. Read more here.

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Ghostly Happenings

I loved Rivka Galchen’s debut story collection, American Innovations, out soon, for two reasons: (1) Many of the stories in it are set in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, so I could picture everything perfectly, and (2) she populates it with subtly paranormal, absurd occurrences–my favorite kind of plot. For more, check out ELLE’s May issue or click here.

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Crime and Punishment in the Bay City

San Francisco is the backdrop for some of my favorite thrillers: Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Vertigo. I just got back from a visit there this morning, and I was happy I’d read a new one beforehand: Room author Emma Donoghue’s pitch-perfect, salacious true-crime tale Frog Music.  I reviewed it for ELLE’s April issue. To read more, click here.

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American Splendor

You’ll zip through Blake Bailey’s tragicomic family history, The Splendid Things We Planned, which I reviewed for ELLE’s March issue. If I had to describe it, I’d call it two parts David Sedaris to three parts Mary Karr, with a twist of academic remove. Click here to read more.

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Book Chat With Boris Fishman

I talked with longtime magazine writer Boris Fishman about his first novel, A Replacement Life (Harper), due out in June. Read more here, or for non-PW subscribers, click here.

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