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December 1, 2012

Little Big People

1202-Cain-articleInlineBy CHELSEA CAIN

As a professional writer, committed to improving my work, I meet with not one, but two weekly writing groups. The first is made up of New York Times best-selling authors and literary darlings. The other is made up of 7-year-olds. Guess which group cries more?

My grown-up group meets Monday nights in the back room of a gallery full of sharp metal sculptures. Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club” and cult superstar, likes to take off his shoes and rub his socked feet together as he reads. He prefers SmartWool socks, by the way, made from high-performance merino. Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir, “Wild,” inspired Oprah to bring back her book club, is a chatter; she will chat right up until the moment we start. Monica Drake — Kristen Wiig is adapting her indie novel hit, “Clown Girl,” for the big screen — is almost always five to seven minutes late; you can set your watch by it. Lidia Yuknavitch, author of the freak-pride novel “Dora: A Headcase,” once had a cake made for Chuck’s birthday that cannot be described in a family newspaper. There are nine of us in total. There used to be 10, but there was a fight and someone left.

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