Recent Work and Sundry Updates

Greetings! We’re updating this site in myriad ways.  In the meantime, here’s some of my recent work:

–My newest essay for the Washington Post is online and in print. My wry take on menopause. I want to destigmatize it. I also think it sucks:

–I’ve known for awhile, but the U of W has updated its site, so it’s official: I’m among the guest authors this year at Libraries Unbound, the fundraiser for the University of Washington’s Library Systems. *Amy Tan is the keynote speaker.* May 19! YAY!

–Looks like we’ll have a fine turnout for tonight’s Cue the Blue fundraiser for Democratic House candidates! Yay! Saturday August 25 at Washington Hall! Doors open at 7pm! $20! I’m the keynote speaker and my goal is to invigorate, not pontificate. You’re salient adults and you know what’s at stake. The bar is open all evening, the candidates will be rousing (they know what’s at stake, too), and after all of us leave the stage, DJ Michelle Smith will kick off the dancing and we’ll wrap up at midnight. #BLUEWAVE #FIGHTLIKEHELL
Update: We had a full house! Photos and additional information on the candidates here:

–For its 15th year anniversary, The Believer has redesigned its website and for the first time in its history, all its content is finally available online. Hooray! My interviews with Wanda Sykes, Demetri Martin, and more:

–Publishers Weekly asked me to write a guest column about coming forward as safely as possible in a TimesUp/MeToo situation in the publishing industry. (Please note that each of the pro-Alexie commenters uses a pseudonymous Facebook account. What a courageous–and tiny–lot):

–Extremely proud to have an essay in “Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent” from Thoughtcrime Press, alongside work from Andrew Solomon, Amanda Palmer, Chiwan Choi, Gary Shteyngart, and other writers I admire so much.

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–My Washington Post interview with legendary character actress Jenifer Lewis in which we discuss her new memoir and her bipolar disorder: 

–My essay for The Washington Post on disability and finally learning to ask for help:

The Washington Post: I Live with Disabling Illness. It Has Taught Me to Ask for Help

–My New York Times Modern Love 13 Word Contest Winner:

–My essay for The Rumpus, “My Father’s Mansion”, about somehow loving my Trump-loving father:

–My Washington Post essay about being disabled and still loving sex:

–My essay for The Weeklings, “Paul Ryan is a Pre-Existing Condition”:

–My Washington Post essay on vulnerability and dating with a disability: