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Here are a few phrases that make me want to throw your book against a wall

Dear Male Writers Depicting Female Body Parts,

Currently, I am judging a literary contest. Well, “literary” may be too strong a statement. Let’s just say I’m reviewing novels. The winners will get awards that lead to better sales. To be clear, these are not self-published works, but books published by…

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Yesterday, I was reviewing the transcript of a recorded interview. I’d asked a professor specializing in cognitive function about learning new language. “I’ll just ask Moses,” she said in response. What the? I checked the original audio, which revealed her actual response as, “Just by osmosis.”

We can edit genomes…

“I’m ready for a new cat,” my 97-year-old Mom tells me.

“Dixie,” my mother’s last cat, had died two months earlier. Back when the beloved cat was still alive, mom had said it was her last. But she’d said the same thing about Dixie’s predecessor, “Curry” and before that, “Lucky.”

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The English language is missing a word. Why does no term exist to describe the relationship between fellow mothers-in-law? I’ve tripped over “my daughter’s mother-in-law,” my “son-in-law’s mother,” and the vague “extended family” or “in-laws.” …

Kate Stone Lombardi

Journalist/author. Contributor NYT 20+ years. Also WSJ,, GH, more. Author: Mama’s Boy Myth (Penguin/Avery 2012). Cook. Parent. Queen Latifah fan.

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