Writing Happiness

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Michelle Tea talks with Bustle about her new memoir How to Grow Up, motherhood, Botox, and what it’s like to write about things being good:

It’s the first time I’ve ever worked on a piece of writing where I’m writing about things being kind of great. It’s not my experience framed against a context of some sort of struggle or rebellion. As a writer it’s always easier to write about things that are kind of terrible than about happiness, but I kind of got into it.


Claire Burgess’s short fiction has appeared in Third Coast, Hunger Mountain, and PANK online, among others. Her stories have received special mentions in the Pushcart Prize and Best American anthologies, but haven’t actually made it into one yet. She’s a graduate of the Vanderbilt University MFA program, where she co-founded Nashville Review. She lives in Pittsburgh by way of the deep South and says things on Twitter @Clairabou_. More from this author →