Mara Wilson Writes Stuff

Hi. My name is Mara. Sometimes I write stuff.

Category: Nonfiction

Answers For My Younger Self

Dear Young Mara, Hey, you! It’s me, you at twenty-seven. I’m here to tell you one of your biggest dreams is coming true: you’re going to be an author! Congratulations! It’s finally happening. While I’m here, though, is there anything you want to know? Yes, you can ask anything. Yes, I’m going to answer your questions like […]

Remembering Robin

He always reminded me a little of my father. Robin Williams, as I knew him, was warm, gentle, expressive, nurturing, and brilliant. While it can be hard for me to remember filming Doubtfire, I’ve been flooded with memories in the past few days. It’s humbling to know I am one of the few people who was […]

A Request and a Warning

When I first started dating my ex-boyfriend Algernon, he said, “I should tell you, sometimes I need a little time to myself.” He was a good-natured, philosophical mathematician (read: a nerd), and every now and then he needed time to be alone to read or write or just to think. I immediately heaved a sigh […]

The Time I Met Neil deGrasse-Tyson

Scientists are to me what rock stars and famous actors are to everyone else. One of my favorites is Dr. Neil deGrasse-Tyson. He’s brilliant, hilarious, an eloquent writer, and full of wonder about the universe. He’s the rightful  heir to Carl Sagan, which is a great thing to be, and a true New Yorker. I love […]

Mara’s Kitchen #8: How To Smash a Glass Bottle of Olive Oil all Over Your Kitchen And Spend the Next Three Hours Cleaning It Up!

Welcome back to Mara’s Kitchen! Last time, I showed you How to Toast Bread in a Toaster Oven. (For those who missed it, the trick is to switch the setting from “Bake” to “Toast!”) Today, I was going to show you How to Make Cereal, but I’m switching it up a bit. Here is How […]

Wilson v. Glass, Round Two

Last night I went to a midnight screening of Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me. It was hilarious and poignant and I highly recommend it. However, Mike Birbiglia’s good friend and benefactor, Ira Glass, was there to shake hands and thank people for coming. As some of you already know, Mr. Glass and I aren’t on the […]

The Crush Feedback Loop (And News!)

Obligatory pre-post preamble: While I have been trying to update more frequently, in the next few weeks (and months) I am changing jobs and will likely not have much time to blog. However, if you are in New York, you can see me tell stories live at The Jukebox Show at Union Hall on June 11th, and […]

Ode To A Roommate

Last week, after nearly two years living together, my roommate Jessie moved out. There wasn’t a falling-out: she had just been wanting her own place closer to her jobs for a while now. As is my way, I want to commemorate this life change by telling a story. In the oh-so-long-ago Summer of 2010, I […]

Top Girl: The Game for Everyone!

When I was ten years old, a company called Purple Moon (in keeping with the rule that any company with a female target audience needs to work in a reference to the moon at some point) had just developed a series of computer games for preteen girls. They were simple story games set in middle […]

Advice From Auntie Mara

One of the potential benefits of having an “interesting” childhood is that you get to make many of your biggest mistakes young. Ideally, you will then be able to reflect on them and move on. And, if you have a blog, you will be able to share some of your reflections with the world! Huzzah! […]