Glynnis MacNicol: No One Tells You This with Dodai Stewart
Where: Books Are Magic
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If the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her fortieth birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. She knew she was supposed to feel bad about this. After all, single women and those without children are often seen as objects of pity or indulgent spoiled creatures who think only of themselves. Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles, and yet the question remained: What now? There was no good blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world. It was time to create one.
Over the course of her fortieth year, which this “beguiling” (The Washington Post) memoir chronicles, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she’d been led to expect. Through the trials of family illness and turmoil, and the thrills of far-flung travel and adventures with men, young and old (and sometimes wearing cowboy hats), she wrestles with her biggest hopes and fears about love, death, sex, friendship, and loneliness. In doing so, she discovers that holding the power to determine her own fate requires a resilience and courage that no one talks about, and is more rewarding than anyone imagines.
Glynnis MacNicol is a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications including ELLE.com, where she was a contributing writer; The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, The Cut, New York Daily News, W, Town & Country, The Daily Beast, Shondaland, and Capital New York. She lives in New York City.
Dodai Stewart was born in Alabama but raised in New York City. She was a screenwriting major in the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts, and then abruptly turned to publishing, with stints at Entertainment Weekly, Modern Bride and the splashy tween magazine J-14, all of which prepped her to be the deputy editor (and one of the founding editors) at Jezebel.com. After seven years at Jezebel—where she wrote approximately thirteen thousand posts—she was director of culture coverage at Fusion and editor in chief of Splinter. She’s hosted or moderated panels with folks like Roxane Gay, Tina Brown, Rebecca Traister and The Wu-Tang Clan, and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Glamour, Teen Vogue, and the New York Times. Her hobbies include reading tarot cards, watching Korean dramas and traveling. Currently, she holds the position of deputy editor, Metro at the New York Times and lives in Manhattan with an extremely misanthropic chihuahua.Buy tickets/get more info now