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Marion Winik
Marion Winik is the author of six books of creative nonfiction, including the New York Times Notable Book First Comes Love, Telling, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, Rules for the Unruly, Above Us Only Sky and The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, and two volumes of poetry. Her work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Salon, More and Newsday, and her commentaries for "All Things Considered are collected at She writes a column at

She is a professor at the University of Baltimore and was named “Best Humorist” in Baltimore Magazine’s annual Best of Baltimore list in 2013. For more information, go to

Entries by Marion Winik

Cleavage, Cleavage, Cleavage!

(16) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 7:07 AM

My bosom, which played a solid supporting role in the long-running dramas of mating and motherhood, is in genteel retirement these days, appearing mainly as visual balance for the ever-swelling regions below my waist. Actually, my boobs, too, seem to be getting bigger and bigger, in inverse proportion to their...

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The Grooms Wore Ted Baker

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 8:20 AM

For many years I was a freelancer for Brides magazine, writing up weddings at the Museum of Natural History, at exclusive resorts in Cabo San Lucas, on cruise ships in New York Harbor, with bridesmaids in Todd Oldham or Vera Wang and flowers that might have come from the court...

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What I Learned From Miley Cyrus

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Last week, I saw Miley Cyrus in concert at the Verizon Center in D.C. and what a crash course in modern culture it was. Wake up, Marion Winik, it is 2014 and we are going all in!

Having begun my own concert-going career in the 1970s, when a show consisted...

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Some Things I Never Thought I'd Say

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Recently, I got an email that was ostensibly supposed to congratulate me on a good review, but the writer managed to make it clear that she personally had some reservations about my work.

Immediately, I clicked "reply" and began typing a sarcastic response.

As I worded and reworded my...

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Fear and Loathing in the Middle Ages

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:17 PM

One of the things you're going to see as soon as marijuana is legal is hordes of people in their forties, fifties and sixties lining up outside the dispensary, finally able to get some weed without buying it from the kids. In fact, if you think about it, this is...

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Party Time In the Lost City: Winik Family Vacation

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 8:04 AM

(Note: This is the first in a series of 134 articles about the Atlantis resort I will be writing to fund my upcoming Visa bill.)

Family vacations are all about creating magical memories, and here's one we Winiks will treasure from our four-day visit to the Bahamas this month.

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To My Dear Boys: A Letter to the Men I've Loved

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Even before I was old enough to drink, I was desperate to get into the El Moroccan Room. I didn't know why I thought I would feel more at home in a gay bar with a drag show than I did in the straight, teenage world of my New Jersey...

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Baltimore Dating for Dummies

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 7:12 PM

Now that over fifty percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce, there are more single people in their thirties, forties and fifties than ever before. What does this mean? Where will it lead? Is this a problem to be solved, or a phase in the development of a new social...

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Husbands: A Field Guide

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 11:57 AM

On Day three of my daughter Jane's tropical island vacation with another family, the parents announced their separation on Facebook. Jane took it in stride. She had seen worse. When she was a little girl, she would burst into tears at the slightest hint of angry voices, so terrorized was...

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Danger: Heartless Middle-Aged Bitches On The Prowl

(54) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 7:42 AM recently posted an excerpt from my new book, Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living. It comes from the end of the book and describes the last date I went on before realizing that the manhunt was getting me nowhere. It was...

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