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Some books change the world in small ways. Some books change them in big ones. This week, I’m celebrating the launch of a book I think may just do the latter—How to Train a Happy Mind: A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment by my client Scott Snibbe. In addition to being a writer, Scott is a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism … Read More

The Power of a Well Placed Inciting Incident

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Aspiring novelists are often bombarded with advice on how to create an effective opening for their novels. One common suggestion is to get the inciting incident on the page as quickly as possible. However, as a seasoned editor and book coach, I’m here to caution against this approach. Rushing into the inciting incident can lead to openings that are hard … Read More

Feminist Economics

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Mother Foucault’s Bookshop is distinguished mainly by two things: signs that read the use of mobile phones is prohibited, and books. Books piled up on the floor, on the stairs up to the landing, on the landing, in the windows, and of course upon the bookshelves themselves. Unapologetically leftist, it is as close to City Lights as Portland gets. On … Read More

A Porch Light to Sanity

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It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks, hasn’t it? Kids have been killed. Kids have spoken up against the killing, gotten companies to divest from the NRA, and received death threats as a consequence. A gerrymandered state congressional map has been overturned, and that overturn has been challenged, and upheld (so far). And the number one movie in the world … Read More