Contact me at
leslie (at) lesliekendalldye.com.
(For my work as an actor,
Leslie Kendall Dye, Writer
Hello, Iím an actress and dancer who lives in NYC. I also write.
You can find my essays here:
A Thing of Beauty
The Worse That Threatens
The Awning (or: Trauma, Storytelling, and Time Travel)
Circle Where It Hurts
The Washington Post:
Dear strangers, please stop telling me my active daughter might get hurt
How to care for a nanny (so a nanny will care for you)
Don't Tell Mama
Mama's Talking Soft
An Actress Recommends Five Films
The Lit Pub:
Tennessee Williams Puts Women In Their Place
42 Steps to Conquering Executive Function Disorder in 68 Steps
How to Stock an Independent Bookstore
The Nervous Breakdown:
Last Night I Had a Dream
Was The Writer of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" An Early Feminist?
Managing Pain Management
What a Lifetime of Rejection Taught Me About Success
The Reject Pile:
Form Rejection Letter
The Lilac Grove
How to Break a Bone and Heal a Mother
Brain, Child Magazine:
There's a Ghost in my Neighborhood
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
Sweatpants and Coffee
Hang on to Your Hope
Hysteria (aka "Hysteria-scopy")
That Sounds Familiar
Club Mid at Scary Mommy:
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
Is "Pretty" a Bad Word?
In Defense of Posting Pretty Pictures
Please Let Go
Is This the Little Girl I Carried?
"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
More Faithful Than I Intended to Be
So You Think You Can Dance?
Coffee + Crumbs:
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
Thirteen Pearls of Wisdom
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 Neighbors Stole Our Jagermeister (A Cautionary Tale)