What ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ taught me about the life and death of the office family

Stir-crazy during the wintry months of the pandemic, I found myself gobbling up two or three episodes of the old Mary Tyler Moore Show every night. When the series originally ran in the 1970s, I was too wrapped up in my own teenage travails to really care. The lead character…

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Americans have always been suspicious of people who spend too much time in their heads

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When someone asks what I do, I never know how to respond…

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You may disagree with your editor, but they’re (probably) right

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I’m using the lockdown to…

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If you want to write, give yourself some constraints — and, maybe, a day job

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Can you talk about how…

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Advice for promoting your work in the midst of a pandemic

Welcome to The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and telling the truth.

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What I write doesn’t have…

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If you’re stuck at home, dig up a half-written draft and commit to completing it

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Welcome to The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and telling the truth.

Have a question? Share it with us.

Dear Draft,

Even when I have an…

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Online, expression is ephemeral and lighting-fast. Maybe we should slow it down.

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Welcome to The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and telling the truth.

Have a question? Share it with us.

Dear Draft,

How has social media changed…

Eileen Pollack

Eileen is the author, most recently, of The Professor of Immortality, A Perfect Life, and The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club.

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