Maya Angelou and Oprah’s Inspiring Public Friendship


Dr. Maya Angelou lived an incredible life, with some friendships that were tailor-made for Awesome People Hanging Out Together photos, and one of the most lasting was her connection with Oprah Winfrey. For longtime readers of O Magazine, Angelou was a familiar face: whether it was a pie recipe, an interview, or a poem, Oprah used her magazine to remind readers of Angelou’s insight and wisdom, at all points in her journey. She had a great perspective on aging, constantly saying that your 70s and your 80s are “hot.”
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30 Writers’ Invaluable Advice to Graduates


Graduation season is fast approaching, the time of the year when some of our favorite writers are tasked with summing up the wisdom to be accrued from the process of growing up in ten succinct minutes of witty truth. These days, a successful graduation speech has the very real chance of going viral, and then living forever as a book: from David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life to Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art, the best graduation speeches are finding a new life. This crop includes the brand-new Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders, a pretty-in-print encapsulation of his 2013 Syracuse Graduation speech. It’s reason enough to collect 30 of the best, wisest, and pithiest pieces of advice from the greatest writers to attempt the graduation …Read More