Our favorite advice columnist in all of history, Dear Sugar from the Rumpus, will unveil her real world identity TONIGHT. We’re taking guesses as to who she’ll turn out to be. Our top choices so far:

Ann M. Martin

Francine Pascal

Charlaine Harris

Francesca Lia Block

Suzanne Collins

Andy Milonakis

Judy Blume

Charlotte Brönte’s Ghost

Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Weiner

Bill Watterson

Bill Murray

Bill Cosby

Danny Bonaduce

Frankie “Bonus” Jonas

James Franco

Jeff Goldbum

Suzanne Somers

A Reptilian Humanoid

Kathy Acker

Julia Kristeva

Thomas Pynchon

Christopher Hitchens

Erica Jong

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Safran Foer

Franklin “One Moer Foer” Foer

Kid from Kid ‘n’ Play

Kate Christensen

A. M. Homes

Joan Didion

…who do you think Sugar is? [Update: Sugar’s reveal!]


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  • Elise

    My guess is Cheryl Strayed.

    • Nika

      Whoa! I just googled her, and I really think you’re right. (And I’m only a little bit sad that Sugar may not be a Jonas brother.)

      • twg

        Oh man. Yeah. Totally right on.

      • Elise

        I just guessed based on social media exposure to both Sugar and C.S., and from reading and admiring the writing of both, but now I feel terrible for putting it out there in case I’m right. If anyone with site power can delete my comment, please do!

    • søren mt

      omg – you are so right! I thought i was going to have to keep googling sugar facts until i figured it out, but –
      right age
      dead mother
      two children w/current husband
      and essays that read just like Sugar:

      GOOD JOB!

    • søren mt

      oh TOTALLY – she even uses the phrase ‘write like a motherfucker’ in this piece:

      i don’t know how you figured it out, but thanks.

  • Alex Shephard

    Umm, I don’t think it can be Bill Cosby because he’s dead, right?

  • Jello

    Cheryl strayed.

  • Anonymous

    Whitney Houston