Laurie Abraham

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Laurie Abraham is a freelance writer and senior editor of Elle magazine and the author of Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America (University of Chicago Press). Formerly the executive editor of Elle, she’s written for New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and many other publications. Her work is also included in Best American Essays 2006, as well as the original collections The Bitch in the House (2001), Maybe Baby (2006), and The Secret Currency of Love (2008). Laurie has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in law from Yale University.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Try not to make others suffer because of your own fears

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. LeBron James? A biographer in the mode of Judith Thurman?

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. There is an ache in my chest, because "perfect happiness," if such a condition can be posited, is necessarily fleeting. So I watch my daughter put her whole mouth over a chocolate ice cream cone and come up grinning and licking her lips, her face painted brown, and the moment is already...over.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Emotional volatility

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Being mean to people; taking out my own anxiety on my kids