Sarah’s Team Pick: Famous Authors as Cafe Customers

Hey guys, do you like Rachel? Do you like The Awl? Guess what, Rachel was published on The Awl! It’s more personal than her usual Autostraddle writing, but it’s just as insightful/funny. Read it.

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Sarah lives in Chicago with her partner and her big white Great Dane. She is a lawyer by day and a beer brewer/bread baker/knitter by night. She & her partner are currently learning how to grow their own food, and eventually they hope to move to a small farm outside the city. In 2009-2010, before jetting off to law school, Sarah was Autostraddle's Managing Editor.

Sarah has written 127 articles for us.


  1. I really enjoyed that piece, Rachel! Although I did not enjoy your thesis advisor’s behavior. I am currently working on my undergrad fiction thesis, and I must say I would love to be half the writer you are.

    • it turns out that even if you are, you still end up working at a cafe! but thanks for the kind words, and I hope/trust your thesis will be excellent. <3

      • your article is really great. i can relate to “..everything I could say to clarify sounded pathetic. “This is my real job,” or “this is all I do now.” ”

        I studied this art-related thing in graduate school (much cheaper compared to American schools, but for me the thing that kills me is the 3 years i spent there), and now, I am not doing anything related to it. I am in this other job that people also think is maybe just temporary or a stepping stone to something else, but apparently I’m stuck here.

        • yeah after this was published i was simultaneously saddened/comforted by how many people are in the exact same situation. good thing we just love our art so fucking much, amirite?

  2. I do like Rachel. Lots. I also really enjoyed the story. I’d have been tempted to curse said thesis advisor. How rude to say the least.

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