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Heather Havrilesky
Writer, Los Angeles
Heather Havrilesky is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The Awl and Bookforum. Her latest book is the memoir Disaster Preparedness (2010). She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Written by Heather Havrilesky

Essay/
Biography and memoir
Like a prayer

Even secular people need time out to meditate, reflect, and give thanks. Is prayer the answer?

Heather Havrilesky

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Family life
Human stains

The laundry will never be done. Rather than pedalling faster and faster the answer is to surrender to the eternal tide

Heather Havrilesky

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Life stages
Awaiting renewal

I’m 43 years old now, damn it, and my life is amazing. So why am I comparing myself to some styled professional?

Heather Havrilesky