S.L. (Sandi) Wisenberg
Services Offered
editing, coaching
Most Recent Book Title
The Wandering Womb: Essays in Search of Home (3/31/23)
Book Description
Blood, breath, Jews, Freud, Texas, and blows against the patriarchy. "A sharp, deeply questioning mind and a wayward heart inform these delicious essays. They are wry, humorous, melancholy, and universally relatable, filled with the shock of recognition." --Phillip Lopate
Additional Book Titles
The Adventures of Cancer Bitch; Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions; The Sweetheart Is In
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Location (city/state/country)
Chicago
Author bio
S.L. Wisenberg is a fourth-generation Jewish Texan. Her essay collection, The Wandering Womb: Essays is Search of Home, won the Juniper Prize in creative nonfiction and will be published March 31, 2023, by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Sun, New England Review, and other journals as well as anthologies. She is the author of an essay collection, Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions (University of Nebraska Press), The Adventures of Cancer Bitch (Iowa), and The Sweetheart Is In (Northwestern). She lives in Chicago, where she fights envy and despair, and edits Another Chicago Magazine.

Recently she’s been writing stories using old movies as her muse.
Professional Speaker Topics
On writing:
-What it Means to Write from the Body and How to do It
How Reading Biographies Changed My Childhood
How to Write About Place
What to do with Your Great Idea
In the Blink of an Eye: A Literary Magazine Editor Responds to Your Work
How to Catch Memory
Bring in the Outside World in Your Prose
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

"Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.

"Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.

"Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny 'failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.'

"In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.”

—Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

  • forthcoming March 31, 2023, UMass Press

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