Why You Must Fight for Cancellation

Prior to the pandemic, Navient, the country’s second largest student loan servicer, contacted my close friend, urging her to share her story as a person successfully repaying her debt. “In today’s world,” they wrote, “it’s not always easy to manage debt, use credit wisely…

As a bartender in my twenties, I met a man who mentioned he worked in debt management.

“You help people in debt?” I asked.

He laughed. “God, no. Corporations.”

He went on to qualify that he did advise family and friends.

So I asked him: “What do you think about…

During COVID-19

Lennie was a true New Yorker. He drank coffee, preferred cement over grass, and displayed a cool detachment toward passing dogs. At 10 pounds, his favorite sport was to bully men, especially landlords. He was a rescue and entered my life during a period of unrest — divorce, career blockades…

And how to protect yourself.

Over the past 20 years, Twin Towers have fallen, levees have broken, fires have blazed for 17 days, and in all instances, student-loan relief has rarely been as benevolent as it seems. …

While Alone in Quarantine

Two weeks ago, a woman in my Pilates class announced, “I just don’t feel nervous. Is that wrong?” A man standing next to her kept his hands on his hips, his eyes on his reformer, and said, “That’s called denial.”

By then, New York was gearing up for Covid-19, but…

Why You Should Care About Both Issues. A lot.

* a remodeled post — because it matters

“There is no real connection between an individual with a mental health diagnosis and mass shootings,” Bethany Lilly of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law told NPR in December, after Devin Kelley killed 25 adults and children in a Baptist Church…

The anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is upon us this week. It’s been five years since 12 girls, eight boys, and seven adult women were killed. Much was promised in the aftermath. …

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Among its many burdens, depression shares its name with capitalism’s most dreaded enemy: long-term economic stagnation. Perhaps by association, the disease has a hard time coexisting in a political system that demands self-sufficiency and perservereance — and punishes those who falter.

Imagine Me Gone

I first heard of Reeva Steenkamp’s death in a movie theater. An elderly man seated behind me was talking to his wife. “Guy kills his girlfriend. In the bathroom. He shot her through the door. Four times.”

The man’s voice was what caught my attention, that particular New York lilt…

Christina Fitzpatrick

Novelist and Writer. Talker and Person. Sometimes humorous, sometimes not.

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