“I found myself writing about a lot of these women in my day job, which is a culture writer at BuzzFeed. And it seemed clear to me that there was something that was changing. I used to be a professor, and I focused on media studies but also gender studies. And so I was very familiar with the ways that attitude towards women, an embrace of feminism, and unruliness generally, kind of ebb and flow over decades.”
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“Somebody asked me âDo you want to do an autobiography?â I wasnât going to do it nowâI say this in my introduction. I thought itâs what you do at the end…I did not know the rules. But they said, ‘Do it!’ I thought, okay, Iâll do one. Itâs a halfway point. This is my first half of life.”
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“The book is about communicating and relating to other people, and itâs called IF I UNDERSTOOD YOU, WOULD I HAVE THIS LOOK ON MY FACE? And thatâs really what itâs about, it’s about the value of relating. I think the basis of communicating is when you understand whatâs going on in the head of the person youâre talking to or communicating with, whether youâre talking to them in person or in a written piece of material. Youâve got to know what theyâre going throughâotherwise, youâre just spraying information at them.”
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“My book is about two families who go on a cruise together down the coast of Central America. They meet an Argentinian family and everyone goes ashore. And then a series of small things go wrong and the six kids go missing. So the novel goes back and forth between the parents, who are frantic, and the kids, who are more resourceful than anyone knew, including them.”
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“After I graduated from college, I set about becoming a writer and playing ultimate frisbee. And I kept doing those things for about 15 years. I wrote about a lot of thingsâI wrote about my dadâs death, I wrote about the natural worldâbut it never really occurred to me to write about ultimate. And then after my first book was published I got picked up by a big agent at ICM, and she looked over all my stuff and said, âThis is what we should do.â And it was a quick proposal Iâd written about going back and playing with the Boston National Champion Ultimate Team. And I would go back in a kind of George Plimpton fashion and play with them and write about the season.”
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“My book is about eating snacks and being mad. I wrote my book because Iâd already written one and that was pretty fun. I was inspired by revenge; I want everyone who ever doubted me or was ever mean to me to see that I have a book in bookstores and feel really bad about their own lives.”
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“The book is inspired by three of my mentors: Viktor Frankl, Joseph Campbell, and Carl Jung. It is based on their teaching and learnings. I talk about archetypes and their shadows. Within each of us there are a polarity of character. One will lead us to greatness and one will lead us to our gaps.”
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“This book is about celebrating everything that makes our boys uniquely boy, and using their strengths to inspire and prepare them to grow up into the men they long to become, by taking a step back into history and taking on knight training.”
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