Dear David: An Advice Column


“Dear David” was originally a fictional David Attenborough advice column written by Yael van der Wouden and featured in Issue 3 of Longleaf Review. To our delight, we are now offering “Dear David” as a regular feature, but with real questions from real readers this time.

To be clear: Sir David Attenborough does not read nor answer your questions, though Yael will continue to respond to our readers’ questions in the spirit and voice of Sir David.

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Yael van der Wouden

Yael van der Wouden

Yael van der Wouden is a writer and mixed-bag diaspora child situated in Utrecht, the Netherlands. One time she rescued a mouse from being eaten by a snake, but when she took the mouse home the dog then got it. This still makes her sad. In her advice column, Dear David, she channels the beautiful spirit of Sir David Attenborough. She's currently working on a collection of short stories about women and monsters.