Last summer I wrote a review of Tiny Beautiful Things, the collection of pieces from Cheryl Strayed’s rightly lauded Dear Sugar column over at The Rumpus. The review got me a position regularly reviewing for Full Stop last fall. Now it’s up at The Lit Pub: you can check it out here.
One of the advice column’s appeals is the promise of nosing into someone else’s business, often to gawk and mock and judge. Rather than nourish that prurient want, Strayed’s columns transform it. Removed leering becomes involved listening. Judgment gives way to compassion.