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Love Like Cosima

My friends are getting divorced for all the wrong reasons. What do I do?

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The Sandman

Is there a book that can make my sister stop acting like an automaton?

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The Pram in the Hall

Will having a child ruin my career as an artist?

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Down One Woman

If my best friend is also my lover -- why do I feel so alone?

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Bridging the Gap

Parents and the planets they live on.

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Worlds Colliding

What if you and the person you love have nothing in common?

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The Human Stain

When the ideals of activism meet the realities of unpleasant people.

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Envy's Appetite

My friend wants me to suffer like she does.

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Alone Again, Naturally

Is coming home to an empty apartment depressing? Or delightful?

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Psyche's Sister

Criticism of their unconventional living arrangment threatens one couple's happiness.

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Another Country, Another Name

When it feels like time to leave it all behind.

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Isabel's Choice

The only thing worse than watching a relationship die is watching one that won't.

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Leaving the Mountain

Traveling the world can have surprising local impacts.

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Uprooting Daphne

How to move on after a breakup? Jessa Crispin answers, with help from a Greek myth and a subversive modern writer.

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A Bouquet of Thorns

Not everyone’s in a Valentine’s mood. Some recommended reading for romantic dissenters.

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Getting a Grip

When life becomes frighteningly unrecognizable, is it better to cling to the familiar -- or let go?

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Where the Girls Are

In search of female friends.

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Despair and William James

Is there an upside to the "ache of disappointment"?

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"I Place Myself Among the Imports"

In the first installment of an ongoing feature, Jessa Crispin draws on her library to advise readers on their dilemmas.

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About the Columnist
Jessa Crispin is the editor and founder of Bookslut.com. She is the books columnist for The Smart Set and has written for assorted publications, some of which are still in business. She has lived in Kansas, Texas, Chicago, and Ireland, and her personal library currently resides in Berlin.

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