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My Article in Quillette Magazine: Art, Commerce, and Vision

Quillette Magazine published my article on why artists aren’t necessarily leftist: “Art, Commerce, and Vision.” If you don’t know Quillette, check it out! It’s an online platform for free speech. Here’s what I wrote my friends: I am delighted to send you my article on Quillette Magazine. It’s about why […]

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Colette, A Review

On a recent Saturday, my husband and I enjoyed date night at the Paris Theater. We watched the film Colette. I’m a novelist and so the film held a special resonance for me. It’s always intriguing for me to see how other women do it–how other women wrestle with the […]

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Latest on the HuffPo: The Phenomenon of Lashing Out

Here’s my latest on the Huffington Post, an article about The Phenomenon of Lashing Out Trolls, Harassers, Haters, and Shamers: The Phenomenon of Lashing Out I promote my books. For one novel, I hired a publicist who turned out engaging press releases. She sent them to me for approval and […]

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Great Beast

It’s that fanged, clawed thing, back to taunt me and play with me and befuddle me. Creativity, of course. The way in and the way out, both at once, and neither; a thing unto itself. So here am I, staring into its liquid eyes that are one moment golden and […]

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Myers-Briggs Personality Test

My lovely stepdaughter Julia entertained us over a lazy, happy Christmas morning by administering the Myers-Briggs Personality test to all of us. It didn’t work so well for my 9-and-a-half-year old. Some of the questions didn’t apply. As she put it, “How do I know if I’m soothed by a […]

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Supporting Sam Harris

I took a year of Arabic as an undergraduate at Yale. Along with the language, we also discussed the culture of the Arab world. This was the mid-80’s, so liberal sanctimony didn’t have quite the stranglehold on conversation that it now exerts–even at Yale. We were allowed to discuss things […]

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Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic

I couldn’t stop laughing when I first viewed this video. I blast Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines on my iPhone when I’m on the elliptical trainer at the gym, working out until I shake with sweat. So I know the tune. This is just fantastic, I love Weird Al. Can we […]

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IMMORTAL en francais, and Two great new blog posts

IMMORTAL en francais, and Two great new blog posts Voila, IMMORTEL What an awesome cover! I love it. It reminds me of 1940’s pulp sci-fi, a genre I sorely miss. Reminds me of the juicy fun covers of Edgar Rice Burroughs books, when I used to save up money from […]

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The Art of Asking Questions

The Art of Asking Questions There’s a scene in the first HOME ALONE, a truly classic movie, where a child of about 5 years climbs into a van waiting to whisk a large family to the airport. The enterprising child besieges the driver with questions. He leans close into the […]

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On Beauty

On Beauty I have been reading Rumi. I do this whenever I am heartsick, soulsick. Usually it’s for something I can’t identify, though there’s always some exterior thing like a convenient hook to hang it on: my dog bit my little one and had to be surrendered; my 14-year-old told […]

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In my next lifetime

In my next lifetime, when I come back, I will ski more and worry less. I will begin every dinner with dessert, and it will be dark chocolate, or something gooey and coconut. I will choose dresses for color and not for whether or not they make me look slim. […]

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Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels.