By Michelle Dean

Michelle Dean is at work on a book called Sharp: The Women Who Made An Art of Having An Opinion.

  1. Author’s note: I wrote this to you a few months ago now. Some things have changed! Others have not. You told me then I should publish it and I came very near to doing it and it did not work out. Even now I am a bit unsure but I’m going to trust you on it. I have spent most of the summer in the middle of a nervous breakdown, which was improbably brought on…