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Deirdre Day

About Deirdre Day

Deirdre Day recently escaped from New Jersey and settled in Rosendale, New York. In her new life she is working on her illustrated memoir “The Book of Martyrs,” and indulging her passion for houses with a new endeavor as a real estate agent. She spends her time monitoring her bird feeders and making bread pudding. In the past she has done things like write Fritos commercials, teach college, edit cartoons for a women’s magazine, and distribute phone books in Pawtucket.

The Book of Martyrs

Deirdre Day pushes the boundaries of the form with this illustrated essay about printing, family history, and the beauty of coincidence. Continue reading




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Cat-Calling Grandma: Age, Anger, and Lust

Things take a strange turn on Community Day in small-town America




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House Haunting

Deirdre Day has wanted to buy lighthouses, grist mills, bowling alleys, and ashrams. Nothing is too wrecked to resurrect.




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Dogless Days

Even if he’s a constant source of annoyance, the absence left by a lost dog is enormous.




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Don’t Let Me Down

Deirdre Day remembers a best friend, a rebellious summer, and a complicated loss




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Death in the Quiet Room

Deirdre Day describes life in The Bin, and the Quiet Room down the hall




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Here Now Then There

Ruined mansions, a couple of bars, and some roving bears: Deirdre Day describes a self-imposed small-town exile after a serious accident.




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