I'm the author of Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment, a memoir of a year that I spent collecting embarrassing stories, and discovered, much to my chagrin, that my own life had become the biggest embarrassing story. Recently, I published Battle Dress: What I Wore to Confront My Past, a longform essay about how I came to reckon with decades-old sexual violence.
I write other things, too.
- On creative responses to grief and loss (Option B).
- On love as a metric for billion-dollar philanthropy (Quartz).
- On synchronicity, empathy and healing (Huffington Post).
- On sexual assault and spiritual reckoning (Quartz).
- On the most memorable acts of receiving, from some notable givers (Quartz).
- On the happiest place in New York City (Quartz).
- On writing memoir (Tin House).
- On the honesty of aggression (The Rumpus).
- On finding lust in a Czech boxing gym (Tin House).
- On home (Narratively).
- On intuition (O Magazine).
- On pretending to be a rock star (The Huffington Post).
- On humor (The Huffington Post).
- On the link between materialism and spiritualism, via the lens of fine gemstones (The Numinous).
- On connection and affection (The Huffington Post).
- On surrendering to the creative process and, well, life (The Huffington Post).
- On mortality (The Huffington Post).
- On bicycles and non-attachment (Narratively).
- On monkey mind (Sarah Lawrence Magazine).
On rare occasions, I tell stories. This clip is from 2011, when I put my name in the hat at the Moth and didn't get called. I was so relieved, until, at the last moment, their tenth storyteller bailed and they called my name. It's a story about the very first time I ever read in public.
Reading of The Rings, 2009.
Book trailer for Much to Your Chagrin, 2009. Directed, shot, and edited by Alicia Peyrano.