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Why You Should Down-edit Instead of Top Post in Email Responses

I was complimented twice recently about how I respond to emails.  Both clients who mentioned this loved the fact that I responded point by point to their inquiries instead of just hitting reply and top posting. One commenting that they knew exactly what I was responding to which they called refreshing. Show More Summary

Help! An Old Friend Killed Himself. Should I Reach Out to His Girlfriend?

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. A friend’s passing: I went to a very small college about 14 years ago. I joined the theater department, which was also small and very close-knit. Show More Summary

Kissing Cousin

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Let Them Eat iPads

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Forestalling the Routine

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Maybe It’s Not You

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Help! My Fiancé’s Daily Porn Habit Bothers Me.

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. Fiancé’s porn habit: My fiancé and I recently got engaged after two years of long distance; he lives in the U.K., and I’m in the States. Show More Summary

Playing Daddy?

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Burnt Toast

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How to Handle Errors in Business Mailings

We are only human. I’ve yet to run into anyone who is perfect or has never made a mistake. I make mistakes all the time… Business Mailings Require Priority Attention Like me, I bet you are on a bunch of mailing lists of companies you do business with. Show More Summary

Colleagues With Benefits

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Help! My Wife Has Stage 4 Cancer. Is it Terrible to Hope That She Goes Quickly?

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. Am I a terrible person?: A little background: My wife of 30 years has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that has invaded her spine....Show More Summary

Rekindled Romance

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Unreasonable Doubt?

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Before You Click Submit…

Any contact you have with others using your business e-mail address will reflect on your business. If you use a site form and do not type with proper capitalization or check for typos, your inquiry most likely will not be taken as seriously...Show More Summary

Robbing the Cradle

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It’s Not a Blood Diamond

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Nobody Else Stepped Up to the Plate

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Help! I’m Stuck in a Lease with My Ex, and It’s Ruining My Sex Life.

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. Stuck with a selfish ex and looking to have my new guy over: I’m stuck in a lease with my ex-boyfriend. We are trying to get out, but for financial reasons, neither of us can move until we get new tenants. Show More Summary

Just Not Interested

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