Yiddish store signs in New York's Lower East Side
Yiddish store signs on New York’s Lower East Side, early 20th century.

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Open Letter to NYS Board of Regents Regarding Hasidic Education

Open Letter to NYS Board of Regents Regarding Hasidic Education

For children who have nothing but the law to protect them, we must strengthen those laws, and implement appropriate enforcement action and penalties for those who violate them.

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Biblical Archaeology, Barbershop Edition

Biblical Archaeology, Barbershop Edition

There's no stopping a New York barber wielding an ancient fragment of papyrus.
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Yes, Free Speech Is Protected By Law — But Is That Enough?

Yes, Free Speech Is Protected By Law — But Is That Enough?

Free speech is being eroded, along with the core values of liberalism. Our society's future, therefore, lies with opinion daredevils.
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What the Fly in Walter White’s Meth Lab Tells Us About Storytelling

What the Fly in Walter White’s Meth Lab Tells Us About Storytelling

Memoirists wonder if their lives are interesting enough for a story, but all good stories begin with desire and obstacle, and we've all got plenty of those.

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Want Your Reader to Care? Learn the 3D of ‘Unusual.’

Want Your Reader to Care? Learn the 3D of ‘Unusual.’

How do you make your reader care about your story? By finding the unusual in one of three dimensions: character, subject, or style.

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Losing 30 Pounds in 12 Weeks Felt Great — But My Fragile Ego Remains

Losing 30 Pounds in 12 Weeks Felt Great — But My Fragile Ego Remains

After decades of feeling ashamed of my weight, I finally found a path to fitness. And yet, deep down, I know that the real work has just begun.
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What Exactly Do You Mean By Memoir Anyway?

What Exactly Do You Mean By Memoir Anyway?

The power of memoir is not in its "realness" or because the events are "true." Its power is in the writer's willingness to go where others won't.
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From Bushwick to Bay Ridge: A History of Brooklyn Wandering

From Bushwick to Bay Ridge: A History of Brooklyn Wandering

After a decade of wandering through New York trying to live affordably while becoming a writer, I have landed in a surprising and underappreciated nook of this city.
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Effective Storytelling: Finding the Narrative Needle in Your Life’s Haystack

Effective Storytelling: Finding the Narrative Needle in Your Life’s Haystack

What the one-line joke can teach you about effective storytelling.
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THE MEMOIR SERIES: Start Here

THE MEMOIR SERIES: Start Here

A full list of topics in School of Nonfiction's flagship "Memoir Series." Find what's already published and see what is forthcoming.
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