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Alissa Wilkinson
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Created 22 Mar 2020
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  • One more week off
    02 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    Hello, friends. It’s another holiday weekend, and I’m trying not to fill it with too many things, so I don’t have a nice juicy post for you today. But I have unlocked two old subscribers-only posts (w...
  • Christmas weekend thread
    25 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 15
    I’m off this week, for obvious reasons! But I thought a thread might be in order, especially for those who find themselves with extra time on their hands because of *waves hands around* The Thing. So:...
  • a light shines in the darkness
    19 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    This week has been a wild one, since between last weekend’s raft of maskless socializing and a more contagious virus circulating, a lot of people here in New York were getting tested for covid, and a ...
  • Christmas at Orchard House
    12 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I didn’t write a newsletter last week because, frankly, last week was the most exhausting I’d had all year. But now I am back! It’s sort of a joke on Twitter this time of year (and most times of year)...
  • Paper vs. Pocket Robot (or, Part II)
    28 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 1
    If you didn’t read Part I, then you can read that first. On to the paper part of things. The value, for me, of digital calendars and task tracking is that I can easily throw something in there when it...
  • Surrender to Pocket Robot, Part 1
    21 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 1
    A student came to office hours this week with a few questions about class material. At the end of our meeting, though, she had another question. She’s had an extraordinarily busy semester balancing sc...
  • It’s okay if it’s Not For Me
    14 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    I wrote this week about black and white films — almost exclusively, actually, though that was more of a fluke than a plan. Two of this week’s major releases (Passing, which made its Netflix debut, and...
  • A feast in Brooklyn
    07 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I wrote a book this year that I’d pitched, somewhat vaguely, as profiles about interesting women “through the lens of feasting.” It got more specific in the writing (as these things tend to do), but n...
  • Look, you don't have to take my advice
    31 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Like every working critic, I think, I get a lot of emails from people who read what I write and want to know how they can do it too. Sometimes they’re from students. Sometimes (more often lately) they...
  • The Lehman Trilogy and Me
    24 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Theatre sure is back! Over the past few weeks, like seemingly everyone I know in New York, I’ve been in and out of theaters — not movie theaters (though those too), but actual theaters, with live peop...
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