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Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All

Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All

How a Ph.D. in literature came to write Arizona for Dummies, disrobe on a travel assignment to a nudist resort—and have a blast along the way.

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Why Crowdfund? Why Kickstarter?

Why Crowdfund? Why Kickstarter?

Getting close to launching my Kickstarter campaign — next week! — I explain some of the behind-the-scenes rationales and decisions.

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Creating a Book Cover: Castrating Venus & Other Design Challenges

Creating a Book Cover: Castrating Venus & Other Design Challenges

Creating my book cover image involved an extensive collaborative process. In the end, Venus looked less angry and less like she had a penis.

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Ode to My New TV

Ode to My New TV

Replacing the items stolen during my robbery gave me no pleasure — until a new TV came into the picture.

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You’re Calling it WHAT? How I Decided on My Memoir’s Title

You’re Calling it WHAT? How I Decided on My Memoir’s Title

Getting Naked for Money? Misguided? I couldn’t decide on a title for my book until a friend helped me justify the racier pick.

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Beating the Home Invasion Blues

Beating the Home Invasion Blues

No one deserves to be robbed: Not single people, not forgetful people, not slobs. I temporarily forgot that after my home invasion.

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Give My Dog a Voice: Vote!

Give My Dog a Voice: Vote!

Madeleine, a dog with a strong personality, will star in my Kickstarter video–and has a speaking role. Please vote on the voice you think best represents her.

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Of Crowdsourcing and Camels

Of Crowdsourcing and Camels

If camels are horses built by committees, I’m all for equine oversight panels. Think of a committee as an old-fashioned form of crowdsourcing.

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Mexico’s Sweet Spot

Mexico’s Sweet Spot

The city of Morelia in Michoacan, Mexico, has everything you could want in a town: great food, great folk art, quirky nightlife, and cultural monuments you can claim as your reason for visiting.

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Of Vistas and Visions

Of Vistas and Visions

History, like beauty, is in the eyes of beholder. A New York transplant discovers new vistas and a new sense of history — not to mention affordable real estate — in Tucson, Arizona.

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Celebrating Fast Women and Takeaway Food

Celebrating Fast Women and Takeaway Food

When I bought a house that fit my every fantasy of Southwest style, it came with a niche. I soon realized it was missing something.

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A Bird in Hand

A Bird in Hand

I grew up in Brooklyn, where migrating birds meant pigeons visiting from New Jersey. I have no patience for standing around and staring at branches, trying to see something I’m not going to be able to identify. But hummingbird banding — and bonding — in southern Arizona turned out to be a life list-worthy experience.

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The Naked Truth

The Naked Truth

Originally published in More magazine, this Lowell Thomas award-winning story about visiting a nudist resort is the inspiration for my new memoir’s title, but is not the version included in it. I’ve reserved for the book the far funnier back story of how I got the assignment and what it was really like going undercover — and uncovered.

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