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Leslie Kendall Dye, Writer

Hello, Iím an actress and dancer who lives in NYC. I also write.

You can find my essays here:

Vela Magazine:
Contrast Study A Thing of Beauty
The Rumpus:
An Actress Recommends Five Films
The Lit Pub:
Tennessee Williams Puts Women In Their Place
The Toast:
42 Steps to Conquering Executive Function Disorder in 68 Steps How to Stock an Independent Bookstore
The Establishment:
Post-Operative Instructions
Was The Writer of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" An Early Feminist? Managing Pain Management
For Her:
What a Lifetime of Rejection Taught Me About Success
The Washington Post:
How to care for a nanny (so a nanny will care for you) Don't Tell Mama Mama's Talking Soft
The Reject Pile:
Form Rejection Letter Jarred
How to Break a Bone and Heal a Mother
Brain, Child Magazine:
There's a Ghost in my Neighborhood
Word Riot:
Never Give Up
Book Reviews at Off The Shelf:
The Gothic Sensation Novel: A Review of "The Woman in White" Making Depression Respectable: A Review of "Darkness Visible" What is it About the Rich? A Review of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" The Vampire That Hollywood Missed:  A Review of "Fevre Dream"  A Love Letter to A Lost World: A Review of "Auntie Mame" The Real Christopher Robin Speaks Out: A Review of "The Enchanted Places" A Brief Ode To a Beautiful Marriage: A Review of "About Alice"  Portrait of France: A Review of "How to Travel Incognito" A Refugee Finds a Home in Picture Books
Mothers Always Write:
Don't Tell My Daughter She Looks Like Me In Flight
Sweatpants and Coffee
Hang on to Your Hope Hysteria (aka "Hysteria-scopy") That Sounds Familiar
Club Mid at Scary Mommy:
In Stereo Time's Square How to be Forty in Six Simple Steps We Don't Have to Change At All Bus Stop Communion Ten Ways Being a Dancer Prepared Me for Motherhood My Mother Taught Me to Write It Down! Mom's Wedding Date
Huffington Post:
Is "Pretty" a Bad Word? In Defense of Posting Pretty Pictures Please Let Go Is This the Little Girl I Carried? Autumn Vigil "The Princess Bride" You Didn't Meet in the Movie The Birth of The Sensation Novel (originally published at Off the Shelf) Six People You See On A NYC Playground The Real Christopher Robin Speaks Out (originally published at Off The Shelf) Tutu Much, Tutu Soon

The Manifest-Station:
More Faithful Than I Intended to Be
Role Reboot:
So You Think You Can Dance?
Coffee + Crumbs:
Pick-Up Old Times
Nanny Magazine:
It Doesn't Ruin Everything Six Books to Read to Your Night Owls A Nanny's Limits, A Nanny's Love
The Roles We Play Idle Reading
Scary Mommy:
Thirteen Pearls of Wisdom
Blunt Moms:
How (Not) to Potty Train at the Metropolitan Museum of Art It is Not Fated and There Is No Reason Don't Call My Daughter A Princess. Just Don't.
Erma Bombeck Humor Writers:
The Haircut
The Neighbors Stole Our Jagermeister (A Cautionary Tale)