Joan Wickersham

Joan Wickersham’s memoir The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order was a National Book Award Finalist as well as appearing on “best books of the year” lists including the Boston Globe, the LA Times, New York Magazine, Salon, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of a novel, The Paper Anniversary, and her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and is forthcoming in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Joan writes a regular op-ed column for the Boston Globe and has contributed on-air essays to the NPR shows “On Point” and “Morning Edition.” She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.

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Decorating the White House Christmas tree

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Ted Clausen hand-lettered the Preamble to the Constitution on a ribbon that wrapped around a Christmas tree in the White House.

Joan Wickersham

Looking for structure and order? Listen to Bach

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I’m listening and thinking about what a relief it is not to be thinking about the election.

Joan Wickersham

The many ghosts of Halloween

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It’s not the way Americans celebrate Halloween, but the holiday is a way to remember the dead and acknowledge one’s own mortality

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A few words on the election

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Think you know the definitions of campaign, jobs, and policy? Here are their real meanings in Election 2016.