Replaying My Shame

In the past 13 years, Emily Gould has become an accomplished author and feminist book publisher. As she prepares for the launch of her latest novel, Perfect Tunes, she worries that to many people, she will only ever be what she was for less than a year, in 2007: an editor at now defunct media gossip site Gawker, who suffered a traumatizing moment on national television that still haunts her.

Source: The Cut
Published: Feb 26, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,239 words)

Katja Blichfeld Gets What She Wants

A profile of Katja Blichfeld, the co-creator of HBO’s High Maintenance, in the wake of her coming out as a lesbian, and the amicable end of her marriage to Ben Sinclair — her collaborator on the show, and its star.

Published: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,796 words)

My Life in Domestic Goddesses

A personal essay in which Emily Gould pays homage to the wide range of women food writers and cookbook authors who affected her own cooking, and her lifestyle aspirations, over the course of her adult life so far.

Published: Sep 21, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,726 words)

Who Do You Want Elisabeth Moss to Be?

As the first season of the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale wraps up, author Emily Gould profiles Elisabeth Moss, the show’s star and executive producer. Gould manages to draw Moss out out a bit on topics the actress is famous for being tight-lipped about, including the book and show’s feminist messages, and how her upbringing in the Church of Scientology might square with Margaret Atwood’s story of religious oppression.

Source: Elle
Published: Jun 7, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,453 words)

Cat Marnell is Still Alive

An insightful profile of Cat Marnell, author of the new memoir, How to Murder Your Life, a writer and beauty editor perhaps best known for the self-destructive tendencies that cost her various high-profile jobs and landed her frequently in rehab. Author Emily Gould casts Marnell as more together than many give her credit for, and relatively healthy—at least in her ability to keep rebounding from relapses, and writing about it all cogently and compellingly.

Published: Jan 27, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,017 words)

Most Women In Publishing Don’t Have The Luxury Of Being Unlikable

An excerpt of Manjula Martin’s essay anthology, Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living. Gould addresses one of the many double standards in publishing: women authors must be “nice,” accommodating and virtually boundary-less, while men authors suffer no consequences for being real–or even rude.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 6, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,835 words)

Christine Who Fed the Hungry

An elegy for a much beloved volunteer chef and leader of the rest of the volunteers at a soup kitchen in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 24, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,601 words)

The State of the Domestic Goddess

Adventures in preparing recipes from the cookbooks of “domestic goddesses” Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen.

Source: Eater
Published: Jun 22, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,116 words)

This Is Not a Startup Story

Lessons from starting a small publishing business.

Source: Fast Company
Published: Oct 10, 2014
Length: 8 minutes (2,028 words)

‘Friendship’: The Full First Chapter from Emily Gould’s New Novel

Here is the opening chapter of Friendship, the new novel by Emily Gould, who we’ve featured often on Longreads in the past. Thanks to Gould and FSG for sharing it with the Longreads community. You can purchase the full book from WORD Bookstores

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 1, 2014
Length: 7 minutes (1,893 words)