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Brian Gresko
Brian Gresko is a stay-at-home dad and writer. He has contributed to The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Paris Review Daily, The Millions and Glimmer Train Stories. Keep up with him at

Blog Entries by Brian Gresko

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From? An Interview with Celia Blue Johnson

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 1:52 PM

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was heading off on a family vacation when the first sentence of 100 Years of Solitude hit him. He turned the car around and returned home to write. F. Scott Fitzgerald based the character of Jay Gatsby on a friend from Long Island, though he added details...

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Social Media Opens at The Pace Gallery, With Works by David Byrne, Miranda July

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 3:03 PM

Word had gotten out about the opening of Social Media at The Pace Gallery in Chelsea -- not surprising, given the show's title.

The large, factory-like space thronged with people interested in the art, and those attracted by the hubbub and bevy of food trucks parked out front....

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Hey Parents! Your Kids Are Going to Be Fine

(20) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 8:25 AM

In between programs, PBS Kids airs public service announcements aimed at parents, but my son loves watching these commercials more than many of the cartoons. He enjoys seeing the little kids with their mommies and daddies. At times throughout the day he points at the television. "Babies," he says, his...

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What Writing Teaches Us About Parenting

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 8:59 AM

Perhaps it's my writerly instincts, but I'm always on the lookout for connections and metaphors. Someday I hope to uncover a grand theory that unifies all of my life's pursuits, but for now, I'm content finding a few parallels between being a writer and a stay-at-home dad.

Communicate With Precision

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Karen Russell on the Persistence of the Novelist

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 11:48 AM

To say that Karen Russell's star has been on the rise is to understate her phenomenal entry into the literary world. Russell made it onto New York Magazine's list of people to watch under the age of 25 while still in Columbia's MFA program and prior to releasing her acclaimed...

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New Year's Resolutions for New Parents

(5) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 7:50 AM

I've never been much of a resolutions kind of guy, but with my toddler's rapidly changing set of skills, life moves fast. This year, I'm taking advantage of the tradition to pause and reboot. In no particular order, my parenting goals for 2011 are:

  • Take time to recharge.
  • When I...

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The Real Magic of Parenting Doesn't Happen on Christmas

(7) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 8:18 AM

The Gresko Family Christmas would begin before Thanksgiving. My mom would take down the calendar and, starting with Black Friday, when we ogled the lights, Victorian decorations and multi-tiered poinsettia towers of Longwood Gardens, and ending with our many-coursed New Year's Eve smorgasbord, she'd pencil in more than a month...

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Open Letter to Cathie Black

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 12:56 PM

Ms. Black, don't think that you're blazing any trails here. In 2002, to much less fanfare, I also left Hearst Corporation for a job at the New York City Department of Education.

At Hearst, I produced websites for several magazines. I was the hub connecting a staff of designers...

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National Novel Writing Month Is Hooey

(10) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 12:45 PM

I've been working on my second novel for almost a year now, and have two hundred pages to show for it. My first attempt took almost twice as long and didn't make it half this far.

Those two hundred pages are solid enough for an early draft, but by no...

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In Defense of Childhood: Let Kids Be Kids!

(112) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 8:46 AM

Childhood is under attack by the very people who should be protecting it: parents.

Two recent articles in the New York Times present dispatches from the front lines of the assault:

1) The article "Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children" reports that publishers are releasing fewer...

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Revisiting the Family Vacation -- With Baby

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 7:00 AM

As a kid, family vacations meant only one thing: Cape May, New Jersey. Friends visited different shore points each summer, or might go to the mountains, and my lucky (and wealthy) best bud actually went to Europe every year. I couldn't get my mind around that. When he came home...

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Nurture vs. Nature: Which Determines Our Personality More?

(15) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 9:00 AM

My 15-month-old son Mr. F has taken to touching kids' hair as a way of saying hello. Often these soft caresses morph into rough grabs, and then there I am, pulling my well-intentioned and slightly confused son off, apologizing like mad to the other kid's parent. Some say, "Don't apologize--it's...

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The U.S. Needs Paid Parental and Pregnancy Leave

(66) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 1:40 PM

A recent article in The New York Times shows that while the feminist movement has made significant gains for women in the workplace, mothers are still punished for taking time off and being unavailable to work the long hours of their male or childless female counterparts. The Times...

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When Baby Starts Testing Limits, Daddy Tries Discipline

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 4:13 PM

My son's got a temper.

He gets it from his mother. My wife has been known to drop-kick a duffel bag across the kitchen in frustration, or storm out of the house in the middle of an argument for a long walk to who knows where. But these eruptions come...

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My Baby Son: Clingy or Clever?

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 5:24 PM

Some wonder if their boss appreciates them, but me, I know. My 13-month-old son, Mr. F, greets many mornings with a joyous cry of "da-da!" When I enter his room I discover him standing in the crib, his face lit with an adoring smile. "Da-da," he says again, this time...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

(21) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 8:00 AM

I used to dread when people asked what I did for a living.

"Oh, I'm a writer, and also, ahem... a stay-at-home dad."

"What do you write?"

"Well ... I guess I'm mostly a stay-at-home dad."

Usually, after an awkward moment of silence, I would change the subject to get...

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Adventures in Fatherhood: Lone Wolf Joins the Pack, Kind of

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 12:00 PM

I've never been a team player. I would rather run and do yoga -- both solitary, meditative pursuits. My preferred way of watching a movie is at a matinee, alone. And I have no qualms about sidling up to the bar with a magazine for a pint or two. When...

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