"When you're speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice."
Image Credit: Writer's Edit This is a first for me. Reading the book AFTER I have seen the movie on which it was based. I saw Reese Witherspoon put in a compelling performance in the 'Wild.' And that stayed with me enough for me to pick up the memoir also called the Wild. Show More Summary
Last month, I talked about the cornerstones of building a strong female protagonist. This month, we’re going to dig a little deeper. In Wild by Cheryl Strayed, the main character is a young woman who is at the end of her rope. She’s lost her mother and she can’t find her footing in the world, […]
Mishra: “Novels about suburban families are more likely to be greeted as microcosmic explorations of the human condition if they are by male writers; their female counterparts are rarely allowed to transcend the category of domestic fiction.” Strayed: “Notions of domesticity and femaleness are so entangled that many presume it’s the only thing women can […]
ADHD & Marriage Weekly Tip - May 13, 2015 Quote of the Week “Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love you’ve got.” - Cheryl Strayed Compassion Compassion and acceptance are about giving all the love you’ve got. ...Show More Summary
Cheryl Strayed and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether we view domestic themes in fiction differently, depending on whether the author is a woman or a man.
Remember that scene in "Wild" where Reese Witherspoon's character, Cheryl Strayed, in a fit of desperation after she loses one of her hiking boots in the wilderness, throws the other one over the side of a cliff? Well, that boot wasShow More Summary
Cheryl Strayed walks every day, often pacing back and forth in her home office in Portland, Ore., wearing a Fitbit and hiking whenever she can. “Wild,” her bestselling memoir of a solo trek along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, is inspiring novice backpackers to follow in her footsteps. Here is her advice for new hikers.
S ometimes you just need a great fuck. From Erica Jong's "zipless fuck" to Cheryl Strayed's plea that we all "tackle the motherfucking shit out of" life, women writers know the power of a well-placed f-bomb. After all, the word is a powerful and versatile one. Show More Summary
(Part three of an ongoing crash course on mindfulness in your 20s. Click here for the last post.) I've always been inspired by the journeys of modern-day thought leaders like Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and Cheryl Strayed (Wild) who chose to go on a literal adventure of finding themselves. Show More Summary
A poetic and precise formulation of what it means to be a great artist, a great woman, and a great human being.
"Writing is hard for every last one of us... Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig."
Filmmakers love to take characters out of their natural habitats to push them into making a change
Reese Witherspoon's Oscar-nominated turn as Cheryl Strayed in Wild can be seen at home this week when the DVD is released. To mark its release, we have an exclusive look at one of the extras, which features Witherspoon detailing just how hard of a physical ordeal the filming was. Show More Summary
A single step for one woman starts a journey of 1,100 miles. Cheryl Strayed’s real life story finally arrives on Blu-Ray/DVD today, which helped earned Academy Award nominations for Reese Witherspoon for Best Actress and Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress. Show More Summary
Reese Witherspoon brings Cheryl Strayed's story to life with her Oscar-nominated performance in 'Wild', available on Blu-ray and DVD. [...]
I recently had the honor and pleasure of hosting an onstage conversation with author Cheryl Strayed at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The ensuing evening resounded with rich and layered lessons, but here are three that have continued to reverberate within me ever since.
Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s film version of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, … Read More
In the middle of Wild, book and movie, Cheryl Strayed meets a reporter on the road. He’s working for something called the Hobo Times, he says. She bristles at the suggestion that she is a hobo. In the book, she tells him, “Women were too oppressed to be hobos. Show More Summary
Thomas Mallon and Cheryl Strayed discuss the stages of their creative process.