Laurie Abraham

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Laurie Abraham is a freelance writer and senior editor of Elle magazine and the author of Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America (University of Chicago Press). Formerly the executive editor of Elle, she’s written for New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and many other publications. Her work is also included in Best American Essays 2006, as well as the original collections The Bitch in the House (2001), Maybe Baby (2006), and The Secret Currency of Love (2008). Laurie has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in law from Yale University.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Try not to make others suffer because of your own fears

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. LeBron James? A biographer in the mode of Judith Thurman?

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Young women who don't speak up, leaving the floor to young men

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Incredible to meet you, Dr. Freud. Your understanding of human behavior and motivation remains peerless, and your writing floors me: witty, poetic, incisive. What I'm curious about is how you'd analyze, or just think about, women in 2010? And now that you've had the opportunity to live in two centuries, how do you think historical context affected your overall theorizing? Can you give me examples? Would you change anything?

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. The pastor in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead

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