The latest:

Screen Shot 2020-10-02 at 10.10.41 AMThe New York Times: On the emotional whiplash of carrying around dread and hope at the same time: “We talked about how near-misses remind us that they won’t always miss, how no one can hide from bad news forever, and how lucky any of us are to wake up and live another day.”
— For Those We Can’t Always Protect

 

Screen Shot 2020-09-12 at 4.37.07 PMReal Simple: On the power of letting go: “Deciding what you won’t have in your life is as important as deciding what you will have. Trying out something you expect to love, realizing you don’t really love it, and giving it back—that takes guts.”
— Writer Mary Laura Philpott Knows When To Quit

 

Screen Shot 2020-09-12 at 4.54.42 PMThe Washington Post: On the strange new stresses people will experience whenever “reopening” happens — and how patience will go a long way as we wait. “So much tentative rescheduling may end up being re-rescheduled… In reality, trying to restart the parts of life that have been on hold because of the pandemic feels like doing a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle while the picture on the box keeps changing.”
— In Search of Lost Time

 

Screen Shot 2020-09-12 at 4.46.17 PMThe New York Times: On the mixed feelings of having the whole family back in the nest together: “I have a tendency, when I feel trapped, to sense a false permanence. I don’t think, This is my life right now. I think, This is my life forever. I panic. I forget, although I’ve learned it countless times, that every stage of life changes, then ends.”
— This Togetherness Is Temporary

 
Screen Shot 2020-09-12 at 4.47.44 PMGarden & Gun: On college tours, memories, and milkshakes: “When you love a place that connects you to your past, it can be hard to believe that it may not connect you to your future as well. And it’s easy to think that if you once belonged somewhere, all you have to do is come back to that place, and you won’t ever feel cut loose in the world.”
 
 

More:

The New York Times
I’m So Excited for 40th Grade
The Great Fortune of Ordinary Sadness
To the Type-A Person Having a Meltdown
Hard Knock Life: What Are The Turtles Telling Me?
Shopping for a Car — And a Teenager’s Future
My Adventures in Accountability
Sing, O Muse, of the Mall of America
Wishing Away the Wish List 
The Power of Place
How to See More Of Your Best Friends? Move Away
When the Honeymoon Is Over: Settling Into Real Life
In Praise of Name Tags
“Hookup Line”
And Then the Dog Died
Finding Friends in a New Town
Telling the Kids: We’re Moving
Rekindling a Love for Dinner

The Washington Post
This Novel Has a Cat Narrator — And It Had Me at Meow
Look to the Lessons of Theater Kids
Learning From Our Mistakes
Teaching Girls to Save Their Own Lives
This Shop’s Walls Can Talk (In 140 Characters)

The Paris Review
The Case for Seasonal Sentimentality

Lit Hub
Why, Exactly, Do We Have Subtitles on Books?
Surviving the Ordinary: Why We Need Memoirs of Regular Lives
Stealing Stories, Book Tours, and Staying Off Twitter
Girl Scout Heart, Henry Miller Mind

Garden & Gun Magazine
Soda Shop Time Machine
Southern Women: Lee Smith, Storyteller
Expand Your Southern Canon

The Los Angeles Times
It’s Not the Celebrities You Mourn For

Parade
Why Writer Mary Laura Philpott Is Ditching Her Stilettos (And Why She Ever Wore Them in the First Place)

Salon
Wearing Someone Else’s Scrubs: The Comfortable Cotton of the Road Not Taken

Publishers Weekly
Think Before You Link

Brevity
An Egg-Poaching Pep Talk That Is Definitely Not a Metaphor for a Writer’s Career

Bustle
Stay With Me Explores How Infertility and Loss Can Test a Marriage

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Literary Pet Names Using Puns Unworthy of Their Namesakes
MORE Literary Pet Names Using Puns Unworthy of Their Namesakes
A Usage Guide to Timely Phrases Beginning With “As” and Their Lowercase Abbreviations


Philpott often interviews fellow writers — from the latest up-and-coming novelists to celebrity authors such as Sally Field — both live onstage and in a variety of publications. She also profiled authors regularly for six years as founding editor of Musing, the digital magazine of Nashville’s legendary independent bookstore, Parnassus Books.

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A few samples…

George Saunders
Meg Wolitzer
Emily St. John Mandel
David Sedaris
Anna Quindlen
Lily King
Emma Straub
Matthew Thomas
Deborah Harkness
Sally Mann
Elizabeth Strout
Ann Patchett
Colson Whitehead
Yaa Gyasi
Garth Risk Hallberg
Jessica Knoll
Jennifer Haigh
Elizabeth Gilbert
Ruth Reichl
Jane Smiley
Richard Russo
Melissa Ann Pinney
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Nigel Barker
Joshua Ferris
David Arnold
Renée Watson

Paula Hawkins
M.O. Walsh
Mary Norris
Angela Flournoy
Paula McLain
Tim Johnston
Steve Almond
Gayle Forman
Joy the Baker
Andrew Maraniss
Ann Powers
Chuck Klosterman
Jonathan Miles
R.O. Kwon
Michiko Kakutani
Brit Bennett
Michael Chabon
Ayobami Adebayo
Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Megan Abbott
Brad Watson
Rick Riordan
Glennon Doyle Melton
Garth Stein
Grace Helbig
Scott Turow
Mallory Ortberg
Megan Amram
Sharon Draper
Jodi Picoult
Martina McBride
Jonathan Tropper

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (with Connie Britton)
Seth Casteel

Kim Teter
Tony Earley
Jon Skieszka
Hampton Sides
Edan Lepucki
Anton DiSclafani
Jojo Moyes
Smith Henderson
Tracy Barrett
Willie Geist
Elizabeth McCracken
Michael Pollan
JT Ellison
Jeff Kinney
Sue Monk Kidd
Karen Joy Fowler
Meg Wolitzer
Claire Cameron
Matthew Quick