“Initially, I thought who am I to tell people what to do? Then I realized I wasn’t telling people what to do from the perspective that this is the only opinion and my opinion is the one that matters. I try to write with a sense of awareness and humility. A lot of times my answers aren’t ‘go do this’ or ‘go do that.’ They’re really trying to deepen the question, ask bigger questions to invite a more meaningful examination of the issues. That’s how I’ve kind of dealt with the weight of that responsibility.”
Over at Hazlitt, our own Sugar, Cheryl Strayed, participates in an advice column roundtable with Cary Tennis, Emily Yoffe, and Lynn Coady. The writers talk shop about virgins, crumbling relationships, and inserting your personal life into the advice you give.