How to find the gift in a difficult mom

I was reluctant, at first, when asked to be a guest on the podcast, Our Mothers Ourselves. Other guests had raved about their mothers’ inspiring qualities and unconditional love. My mother, Alice Davidson, however, was the quintessential Jewish mother — critical, dominant — who never seemed satisfied with what I…

What happens when a new technology is so disruptive that secrets long buried are unearthed, creating havoc and, in some cases, wonder?

Back in the 80’s, before we had internet or mobile phones, I created a TV series on ABC called HeartBeat, about a group of women ob-gyns.

After hanging around their office, I wrote an episode about an orthodox Jewish couple having fertility problems. The doctor asks if they would consider…

Tips from a literary journalist

I’ve been a reporter since the ’60s, when “Literary journalism” was being created by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, and Joan Didion, with whom I had long talks about writing. I’ve published more than a hundred magazine articles, written dozens of TV shows and nine books, including the…

You hate the company but can’t stop ordering

I love Amazon. But it’s becoming a guilty love, an addiction.

It began as a crush in 1995 when Amazon started selling books online. Then came the Kindle in 2007, and I found that I enjoyed reading books on it, although some of my peers refused to do so. I…

What a woman in her seventies has learned from dating in the time of Covid

In March, when the stay-at-home order came down with a thud, I found myself in a relationship that quickly became more intense and consuming than any I’d had for a decade. In my seventies, I’d recently met a man on a dating site who seemed “possible,” if not a perfect…

Beyond Small Talk

It helps to think of them as a younger person

This story is part of How to Talk to Anyone, Forge’s guide to moving past the chitchat and truly connecting.

When asked to write this piece, I thought it was about talking to people older than I am: people in their eighties or nineties. …

Every so often, I come across a human story that rivets me. Here’s one.

Nayla Tawa, a lanky brunette with large blue eyes, was an extreme snowboarder.

She flew to Kyrgyzstan to go boarding in uncharted mountains, and to make a film about villagers who were trying to create a…

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is the N.Y. Times best-selling author of Loose Change, The December Project, and JOAN: 40 years of life, loss, and friendship with Joan Didion.

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