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Lynne Weiss

After earning my MFA in creative writing, I began a career in writing and publishing. I’ve been an editor and writer for reference book and education publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic Press, and National Geographic Learning. I’ve written professional profiles and articles for MIT and Radcliffe, as well as graphic novelizations of Greek myths.

On this site I offer observations and links to things I’m reading, hearing, and seeing, as well as to what I’m cooking! as I work on a novel set in Cornwall and London in the 1930s. Current tagline: A house with a history. A woman with a future. Two nations on the brink.

I hope you’ll join me here from time to time, Please comment on my posts!

What I’m Reading

Kumin and Sexton: A Literary Friendship

Kumin and Sexton: A Literary Friendship

It's unlikely that two writers ever shared a more intense literary relationship than Maxine Kumin and Anne Sexton. I discuss the evolution of their friendship and its tragic end in my essay for Literary Ladies Guide.

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Strange young men in strange lands: the world of Peter Cameron

Strange young men in strange lands: the world of Peter Cameron

Having read only two of Peter Cameron’s novels—Andorra and The City of Your Final Destination—I found them both strangely addictive. (His latest novel, What Happens at Night (2020), is waiting on my shelf.) Both of the two I’ve read involve a youngish man going to an...

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Reading Slow and Fast During the Pandemic

Reading Slow and Fast During the Pandemic

For a few weeks in 2020, I thought I was going to die. And then as time passed, I realized that while others around  me were dying—at one point my small city had one of the highest death rates in Massachusetts, due to a number of long-term care facilities in the...

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What I’m Seeing and Hearing

Sorry to Bother You–but you need to see this movie.

So I FINALLY got to see Sorry to Bother You. I tried a while ago and it was sold out the night I went, but I wish I'd made it so I could go again. This is a brilliant film and if you haven't seen it yet and still can, you should. It's a remarkable combination of...

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Trump at Kennedy Center Honors?

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music. The Merchant...

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Literacy & Irony

Listening to episode 73 of Ben Franklin's World, which featured historian Mark Noll discussing the Bible in early America, and he mentioned that literacy rates in New England and Scotland were the highest in the English-speaking world in the 17th & 18th centuries,...

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What I’m Cooking

May 29, 2021: Farro, Greens, and Cauliflower

May 29, 2021: Farro, Greens, and Cauliflower

I recently had dinner with my friend Nancy. Farro and salad. Was it so satisfying because of the food or the conversation? I'm not sure. Honestly I had forgotten about farro--my husband tells me I used to make it, but then I stopped from some reason. Was it because I...

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Sometimes the best meal

is a simple broccoli and cheese frittata (or omelet) and a green salad with a homemade olive oil, sherry vinegar, honey, and garlic dressing.  

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What I’m Thinking

The Scottsboro Boys at SpeakEasy

The Scottsboro Boys at SpeakEasy

New Year's Eve included The Scottsboro Boys by SpeakEasy Stage at Boston Center for the Arts. Scottsboro was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the same team who created Cabaret and Chicago. This was a terrific production, funny at times, but in the end, sad and...

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