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Five Star Friday's 182nd Edition Is Brought to You By Zadie Smith

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by beauty and aging, women without names, a near friendship, and Zadie Smith:

The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.
     — Zadie Smith

Happy Friday!


My Final Nude Salvo (At Least Until I'm 66)

" from

The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful


I have often considered it a trifle foolish the way that shallow youth is considered inherently beautiful. There is such a terrible beauty which only age brings, a depth of power that only deepens the sense of mystery that utterly, completely, captivates.


Nameless In Afghanistan

" by Zahra M. at

Afghan Women's Writing Project

And there were, uncharacteristically, so few nominations for Five Star Friday this week that I am going to throw in one of my own (which was actually nominated, but I don't usually post my own here):


I Sat Down to Write Morning Pages and Juanita Popped Out

" from



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