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How Writing a ‘Depressing List’ Makes Me Feel Better

The ritual is strangely comforting

Photo: Rutherhagen, Peter/Getty Images

Co-authored by Jessica Pell

I’m visiting my friend Jessica for a couple of days at an airy, modern house she’s rented for the summer in a small seaside town in Long Island. Jessica and I have been friends for almost forty years, since we met in middle school — she, seeming a bit fancy, always…

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Laura Friedman Williams

Laura Friedman Williams

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; Harper360 May ‘21). Mom of three, diehard New Yorker.