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Selected Essays by Zelda Leah Gatuskin
on Writing, Publishing and the Mass Media

These essays were originally posted at Zelda's Wordpress blog, The Tree.
* Essays are included in If I Could Convince You of Only One Thing.

Sept 2, 2021It'll Never Be a Bestseller [Arts, Books, Humanism]
July 14, 2021Republicans Have a Plan [Politics]
Sept 25, 2020In Other Words, He's Dropping Out? [Politics]
June 5, 2020Slogans! Safe and Effective - Apply Liberally [Activism, Humor, Politics]
Feb 1, 2020Democrats Should Be Proud [Activism, Media Literacy, Politics]
Dec 4, 2018Reflections In the Holocaust Gallery [Humanism, Politics, Social Justice]
* Oct 7, 2018A Philosophy for Everyone [Feminism, Humanism]
Sept 17, 2018Boys to Men [Feminism, Politics, Social Justice]
July 6, 2018Ridicule Is Not Our Only Weapon [Activism, Media Literacy, Politics]
Oct 23, 2017A Cheery Little Number [Activism, Books, Humor, Social Justice]
July 5, 2017This Just In from Across the Spiral [Arts, Books, Humor]
* Aug 23, 2016Taking Another Look at "Daniel Deronda" [Arts, Books, Feminism, Politics]
July 17, 2016Summer Blockbusters [Arts, Consumerism, Humor, Media Literacy, Poetry]
* Mar 13, 2016If You Kill the Dog, I'm Closing the Book [Arts, Books, Humanism]
* Dec 30, 2015Most Cynical Ad Campaigns of 2015 [Consumerism, Humor, Media Literacy, Politics]
Dec 7, 2015Planning to Publish in Print? The Next Time You Read a Book, Look at It [Books]
Oct 30, 2015This Term Needs to Be Ditched [Arts, Books, Feminism, Media Literacy]
July 17, 2015Are You Writing Your Novel? Avoid These Fiction Pitfalls [Arts, Books]
May 15, 2015Civil Unrest Keeps Fascism At Bay [Activism, Books, Social Justice]
Jan 27, 2015Publishing Advice [Arts, Books]
Nov 30, 2014Nocturnal Soul — Poetry [Arts, Books, Dreams, Poetry]
May 29, 2014Trending Today: Misogyny [Consumerism, ERA, Feminism, Humor, Media Literacy, Social Justice]
Dec 31, 2013Future Trends [Humor, Media Literacy]
Nov 18, 2013If I May Brag (Sadly) Just a Little Bit [Activism, Arts, Books, Social Justice]
June 26, 2013The Voting Rights Act is Gone, But Not Our Right To Vote [Activism, Social Justice]
* Apr 21, 2013If I Could Convince You of Only One Thing, It Would Be This: Value Yourself [Feminism, Humanism]

Humanist Essays Archive
This series came to a close with the end of Zelda's service as president of the Humanist Society of New Mexico. The essays were originally published in the Humanist Society of New Mexico Newsletter. Back issues can be found here in the 2011-2014 HSNM Newsletters. The * essays below are among those included in Zelda's New Book: If I Could Convince You of Only One Thing.

* October 2014Prophets vs. Profits
* May 2013The Circle Way
* February 2013Drawin' for Darwin
* July 2011It's Time to Get Serious About the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

What is Feminism?
Dictionary definition of "Feminist": any person who believes in the political, economic and social equality of the sexes; pertaining to any organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests. Feminism is the active pursuit of gender equality through example, activism and advocacy. —Zelda Gatuskin

What is Humanism?
"Humanism is free from divisive doctrines about the unknown..."

Like all philosophies, Humanism is defined, interpreted, and lived in a variety of ways. Unlike theistic philosophies, Humanism does not cling to a historical, unyeilding, unquestionable source of truth, nor does it particularly concern itself with such mysteries as why we exist. Humanism accepts differences among individuals, embraces growth and change based on an ongoing exploration of our natural world, and views morality in terms of our having proper relationships with nature and each other. —Zelda Gatuskin

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