About Erin Aubry Kaplan: Erin Aubry Kaplan is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992.
She is currently a contributing editor to the op-ed section of the New York and Los Angeles Times, and from 2005 to 2007 was a weekly op-ed columnist the first black weekly op-ed columnist in the paper's history.
Here are a few of my favorites: --- An Empty Heart is One That Can Be Filled by Lily King (nytimes.com) "I ran on the paths along the Charles River and I thought: This is what happens to people. Yet, there was something wicked and wonderful about being The Girlfriend. It meant we were having fun." Chubby, Skinny, Accepting by Cole Kazdin (nytimes.com) "I do know this: Although we’re often told that you can’t love someone else until you love yourself, my experience was the opposite: I couldn’t love myself until I fell in love with someone else.
This is what people and books and movies are talking about when they talk about losing love. It feels like someone has beaten you up with brass knuckles. I still may not love myself as much as I love Hugh, but I’m making steady progress." Alone When the Bedbugs Bite by Tess Russell (nytimes.com) "Just a few weeks earlier I had felt so satisfied when I woke up sore and exhausted from moving in — all 15 boxes, all 6 flights of steps — by myself.
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She brought him to our weekly pub trivia game, 'just as a friend, no pressure.'" nytimes.com/2019/07/09/sty… José, the maintenance man, came, wielding a sawed-off table leg — “the Rat Bat” — which he used to chase the rat (and all other demons) out." nytimes.com/2019/06/25/sty…
"We were inseparable but kept our relationship secret. Kruttik was Hindu; I was Muslim." Read more in the new India edition of Tiny Love Stories. "Our social lives are never stagnant, and even bonds founded on that rare, deeply felt psychic connection between two people, such as the one that sustained me in early adulthood, are bound to fray." nytimes.com/2019/06/14/opi…
Instead, as I emptied bag after bag of clothes into a row of commercial dryers, flinching at the sight of every bedbug-size piece of lint, I felt utterly, insurmountably alone." When the Words Don't Fit by Sarah Healy (nytimes.com) "But my husband has seen me at my worst, at my most vile. He knows the things I don’t tell anyone, and the lies that I tell everyone but him.
I have made sacrifices for him and been angry about it.