Lindsey Gates-Markel

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I was born in Illinois in 1983 and grew up on a farm, reading in the grass. I write stories about the things I love best, like heavy Midwest air and 60s pop songs and stolen cigarettes and a cat in the kitchen.


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You Are Among Friends: Advice for the Little Sisters I Never Had (Health, Mind & Body)
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Description: A fresh and reassuring take on adolescence, You Are Among Friends is an empowering collection of advice, encouraging young girls to remain confident and loyal to themselves as they grow up in a society that pushes insecurity and self-doubt. Blending sisterhood and positivity with fresh writing and sharp humor, You Are Among Friends is a loving and fierce manifesto with shades of meaning for all ages. “Markel completely embodies the cool older sister, with admirable charm, hilarious timing, and inspiring confidence.” –Annalee Schafranek, Bitch magazine
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Loved. Recognized so much of this. Destroyed me at points, gave me hope at many others.
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“Widen your vision of what beauty is. Realize and keep close the fact that a beauty standard has been created by the very people who sell it, and that it is no accident that the accepted "beauty standard" can easily be described as "perfect." Flaws are not tolerated if you want to be perfect. But the models that we see most often--even the tallest and thinnest and most doe-eyed--are still pinned and sprayed and pulled into place. Then they are manipulated digitally until, literally, everything that might be perceived as a "flaw" is erased. This is a way to sell product. It has nothing to do with real life. It has nothing to do with you. We are made of so-called "flaws." They are the thread that stitches our parts together and keeps us from being generic cut-out paper dolls. You are beautiful. You are enough, now and always. You have always been enough.”
Lindsey Gates Markel, You Are Among Friends: Advice for the Little Sisters I Never Had

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice...”
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“To see someone you love, in a bad setting, is one of the great barometers of gratitude.”
Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

“To think of the Midwest as a whole as anything other than beautiful is to ignore the extraordinary power of the land. The lushness of the grass and trees in August, the roll of the hills (far less of the Midwest is flat than outsiders seem to imagine), the rich smell of soil, the evening sunlight over a field of wheat, or the crickets chirping at dusk on a residential street: All of it, it has always made me feel at peace. There is room to breathe, there is a realness of place. The seasons are extreme, but they pass and return, pass and return, and the world seems far steadier than it does from the vantage point of a coastal city.

Certainly picturesque towns can be found in New England or California or the Pacific Northwest, but I can't shake the sense that they're too picturesque. On the East Coast, especially, these places seem to me aggressively quaint, unbecomingly smug, and even xenophobic, downright paranoid in their wariness of those who might somehow infringe upon the local charm. I suspect this wariness is tied to the high cost of real estate, the fear that there might not be enough space or money and what there is of both must be clung to and defended. The West Coast, I think, has a similar self-regard...and a beauty that I can't help seeing as show-offy. But the Midwest: It is quietly lovely, not preening with the need to have its attributes remarked on. It is the place I am calmest and most myself.”
Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife

“Heart weeps.
Head tries to help heart.
Head tells heart how it is, again:
You will lose the ones you love. They will all go. But even the earth will go, someday.
Heart feels better, then.
But the words of head do not remain long in the ears of heart.
Heart is so new to this.
I want them back, says heart.
Head is all heart has.
Help, head. Help heart.”
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance

“Don't let the bastards grind you down.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

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