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I am just beside myself with how proud I am of you, how much you’ve flat out amazed me time and time again with what you’ve poured into this project. I tell you over and over that your writing is nothing less than golden, and you’re kindly stepping away from a veritable Fort Knox of it.

And stepping away is exactly what you should do. Forward into the next chapter, because as wonderful as all of this was, what’s coming is going to change the world.

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This newsletter made you one of my favorite essayists. I'm glad you did it, can completely understand the need to step away, and can't wait to read what's next.

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Looking forward to your writing, wherever and whenever.

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I have loved reading your beautiful writing and will miss Griefbacon but, as someone who quit their job last December and still doesn't know what the heck I'm doing next, I completely understand the need for a semi-permanent break. I've never commented but since this may be the last chance for awhile I wanted to let you know that this newsletter inspired a trip to see Past Lives at a local independent movie theater, which then led to my friends and I starting a Richard Linklater movie club and watching the Before trilogy together over a series of weekends this summer. It was maybe one of my favorite things I did all year. So thank you for that and all the stunning essays that left me in awe and connected me with others. I will think of you whenever I encounter a conversation pit in the wild.

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Really appreciate all the weird essays and beautiful community you’ve created here and excited to see what comes next. Sad for the end of this newsletter but grateful I got to be a part of it and reveal some embarrassing thoughts/stories in the conversation pits.

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You were the reason I started subscribing to newsletters! So many awesome memories of your essays. But I totally get the need to move on, refresh, new challenges. Love this time of year for that too. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

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I will miss you in my inbox. I adore your writing - your pieces are the most-recommended, most-quoted, most-shared... all the spots on the leaderboard for me. thank you <3

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Bittersweet as I have followed along for so many years now and this was a wonderful community of fellow readers as well, but I am happy for you and look forward to what you do next! I played tennis this morning and my hitting partner said, “You’re not going to get your backhand back if you keep running around it to hit forehands!” So, I understand that it can’t be leg day forever. Best wishes to you

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Congrats on all the amazing writing you've published here so far, look forward to seeing where you end up as you move on!

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Even your departure is beautiful. Looking forward to seeing whatever form your writing takes next.

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My first memories were as you were getting married! Best to you and am looking forward to reading whatever turns out to be next! And who says there has to be a ‘next’? 🌙☀️👏🕯️

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Thanks for the update, and good luck with all the new projects! It makes sense that something new might be needed. We'll miss the weird 3AM essays for sure, but looking forward to what you work on next. Please do keep us updated on future places where we can find your writing at the very least.

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I am going to miss your newsletter, Helena! Your writing is so lovely and evocative, even (or perhaps especially) when it is about difficult things. But I respect your decision, of course. On the subject of newsletters, I publish one using Ghost, the open source newsletter platform, and I am quite happy with it.

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i’ve always thought you were a rockstar. can’t wait to hear what’s next. ❤️

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This newsletter turned you one of my favourite authors. I can't wait to see which new direction you head in, and I wish you luck. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Helena, I'm so grateful to have read all of your writing so far, and can't wait to hear more from you. At the same time, for you, I want nothing more than the rest and mental space to do what you want most to do. Whether that's your books or that great magazine story, I hope you get the chance to do it. Best of everything!

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