L.B. Browne is an internal medicine physician and former medical epidemiologist, now practicing and living in New York City. She is also an MFA candidate in The New School’s Creative Writing Program, where she is working on her first novel.
In her role as vice president and editorial director at Grove Atlantic, Elisabeth Schmitz has commanded the admiration and trust of hundreds of writers, publishing colleagues, and aspiring literary editors. We recently met at our NYC neighborhood restaurant, Community Food and Juice, to talk about editing, publishing, and the literary passion fostered by Grove Atlantic under the intrepid leadership of its publisher, Morgan Entrekin.
I write my checks to local nonprofits. I purchase local and often at my local grocer and CSA and bookstore. I sign my petitions and make my calls. I try to be a good citizen and neighbor.
But I can’t evade the pain of feeling that I’m far, far away from my city.
What happens when you can’t gather more than ten people together? Not only is school canceled, but so is the SAT, the ACT, and AP exams. The absurdity of COVID-style AP test administration is building the conversation around the validity of these exams from a low hum to a rumble.