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 NorthwesternUniversity and a master’s in law from YaleUniversity.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Putting together a life that has good work and good love

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing my children

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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Compassion, introspection, honesty

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