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Steven Barker

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Steven Barker is the author of the essay collection “Now for the Disappointing Part: A Pseudo-Adult’s Decade of Short-Term Jobs, Long-Term Relationships, and Holding Out for Something Better,” released by Skyhorse Publishing in 2016. He is a 2014-2015 Made at Hugo Fellow, and a co-founder of “Cheap Wine & Poetry” and “Cheap Beer & Prose.” He interviews North West writers, artists, and musicians for the podcast Ordinary Madness. His work has appeared in Salon, The Weeklings, Split Lip Magazine, PageBoy Magazine, The Monarch Review, Geekwire, and elsewhere.
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Writing about loss


In 2010, one of my closest friends died. His name was Wil and he was only 42 years old. He had cancer. I wrote about him a lot during the five years that followed his death and submitted some of it for publication. First, in the forum of a 10,000-word collage essay, then as a 1,200-word Modern Love essay, and when it got to the point where I had a folder with 10 different drafts in various stages

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“How does Sting know she doesn’t have to turn on the red light? I bet under different circumstances she’d love not to put on the red light, but she’s got bills to pay. If he’s telling her she doesn’t have to turn on the red light, he needs to offer an alternative. I’d appreciate Sting’s suggestion more if he followed, “You don’t have to sell your body to the night,” with “because I found you a stable nine-to-five that comes with benefits, a dental plan, and a matching 401K.”
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“I was obligated to be nice. I couldn’t be the one Canadian who ruined the country’s reputation. How could I live with myself if I caused a Yankee to say, “I used to think Canadians were so nice, then I met that asshole, Steve”?”
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“I leaned into my computer to give off the impression I was involved in something important, when actually I was reading [IMDB] trivia about the TV show The Wire. I’d ended up on the show page after following a trail of links that began with James Van Der Beek’s headshot. President Obama claims it’s his favorite show, and Omar is his favorite character.”
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“How does Sting know she doesn’t have to turn on the red light? I bet under different circumstances she’d love not to put on the red light, but she’s got bills to pay. If he’s telling her she doesn’t have to turn on the red light, he needs to offer an alternative. I’d appreciate Sting’s suggestion more if he followed, “You don’t have to sell your body to the night,” with “because I found you a stable nine-to-five that comes with benefits, a dental plan, and a matching 401K.”
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