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Passionate and iconoclastic, these 80 articles and essays represent Ueland's entirely original view of the moral, social, and political issues of Midwestern, and American life. "Her personality leaps off the page in all its quirky intensity."--Wilson Library Bulletin
Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Holy Cow! Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A heart-strengthening volume, I liked this introduction to Brenda Ueland. As she might say: Charge!

Courage, daring, honour, truthfulness - Brenda Ueland fiercely espoused chivalric ideals.
Her highest praise is to compare someone to a knight. Courage is the greatest quality of all.

To change oneself or the world for the better requires two things: 1. A continuing vigorous restlessness of the intellect and the imagination and 2. A continuing jovial courage.

We must try to find our True Conscience, o
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If you are ready to write & publish you are ready to read Brenda Ueland.

She was a salty & kind & deeply feeling news writer & essayist with great sensibilities.
Her ideas have carried me through many a writing assignment in newsrooms. Now she is my guide in writing books.

She is a also a guide in living. A life coach before the term popped up. Her columns about being with children are hilarious. She has a sure-fire way to get them to bed that is so obvious, I think half of the po
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Catherine
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-nonfiction
Lands in what would be a 3.5 star rating, if I could give one. Ueland wrote beautifully and there are some moments of tremendous and profoundly thought-provoking prose in this collection of her newspaper columns and editorials. On the other hand, it's also kind of like having dinner with a charming, garrulous and interesting, yet somewhat annoying, companion. I'd recommend starting with one of her other books instead of this one; I think this one reads better if you're more familiar with her wor ...more
Hannah Garden
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, this lady. I found her "If You Want to Write" purely by chance, years ago, and have read it probably half a dozen times since. She is one of those ladies who make you feel the whole world is great and green, and that it is your duty to be as joyful in it as you possibly can be.

This book turned up also purely by chance, in the Cure on 12th Street the other day, when I stopped out of terror I'd finish the book I was reading before the train got me home. What an ugly cover they put on it.
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Carolyn
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I happened upon an excerpt from this book while having a study break in grad school and loved her straightforward and confident style. Her writings were inspiring to me and have settled comfortably in the back of my mind, urging me to have strength when things get particularly tough or challenging.
Mary Jane
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A collection of essays, mostly journalism, some of which are quite dated but others are real gems. Particularly powerful is the piece on "listening as an act of love". A true second-wave feminist, freethinking Unitarian!
Mark
May 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. Brief writings in the Mpls StarTribune from over the years. She congenitally lacks the herd instinct.
Doreen
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
Some parts may seem old-fashione, but her voice is charming and her courage comes through in every line.
Rona Roberts
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Crucial for writers.
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An old warrior, and some of these essays are dated. But the spirit, the fire is still there...for the reading!
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Brenda Ueland was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.

Ueland was born to Andreas and Clara Hampson Ueland; the third of seven children. She attended Wells and Barnard colleges and received her baccalaureate from Barnard in 1913. She lived in and around New York City for much o
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“Now before going to a party, I just tell myself to listen with affection to anyone who talks to me, to be in their shoes when they talk, to try to know them without my mind pressing against theirs, or arguing, or changing the subject. No. My attitude is: 'Tell me more.' This person is showing me his soul. It is a little dry and meager and full of grinding talk just now, but presently he will begin to think, not just automatically to talk. He will show his true self. Then he will be wonderfully alive.' ...Creative listeners are those who want you to be recklessly yourself, even at your very worst, even vituperative, bad-tempered. They are laughing and just delighted with any manifestation of yourself, bad or good. For true listeners know that if you are bad-tempered it does not mean that you are always so. They don't love you just when you are nice; they love all of you.” 7 likes
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