The Marginalian
The Marginalian


Hello! There is only one of me (Maria) — no staff, no interns, not even an assistant, a truly one-woman labor of love — which means that even if I ceased writing Brain Pickings and made email my full-time job, I would be unable to read, much less respond to, everything. Please be kind and follow the guidelines below to spare us both the anguish of an impossible asymmetry.

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Media Inquiries

It is always an honor to be invited, but I have made the sanity-salving decision to decline all interviews, talks, and readings at this time and in the foreseeable future.

Everything Else

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Please do not send book pitches, press releases, and other promotional materials to this email address — they will not only be discarded but will also cause divine fury in my spirit animal, which is not the response you’re going for anyway.



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