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On Valentine's Day 2012, novelist (Torch) and memoirist (Wild) Cheryl Strayed announced that she also had a secret identity: She was the popular advice columnist masquerading as Sugar on Rumpus (therumpus.net). For the past two years, Sugar's wise, humane responses to reader's problems had been attracting a faithful readership. Her responses were far removed from the curt attempts cleverness of such columnists. Her response to a habitual stutterer began, "Last December I took the baby Sugars to a winter solstice ritual at a hippy retreat center in the wood." To a plaintive call for advice about getting over a breakup, she wrote, "You let time pass. That's the cure. You survive the days. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day you find yourself alone a bench in the sun and you close your eyes and lean your head back and you realize you're okay."