“not asking for permission to be human”


The Millions interviews Cheryl Strayed about grief, Sugar, rejection, setting boundaries, and much more.

“That’s what authority is. When you’re actually writing from that deepest place within you, if you tell the truth, you’re using your greatest power and your greatest authority. That’s a key piece, not just doing that as a writer but when we talk about healing. Whatever the loss may be, not avoiding that wound, not trying to have it covered up and pretend it’s not there but rather to look into it.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →