Tongue Stuck

“To know a language you need more than grammar and vocabulary; a language gains its life from memories. It is woven from all the voices you ever knew, from the daily noise of the street, from the quiet melodies of the authors you read, from jokes and songs and curses. I did not know this language.”

Source: The Rumpus
Published: Oct 12, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,662 words)

Someone is Wrong on the Internet: A Study in Pandemic Distraction

What do you do when all productivity hacks, parenting tips, and writing tricks lead to the same outcome — a total, pandemic-induced inability to focus?

Source: LitHub
Published: Jun 19, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,719 words)

Making My Moan

“Dirty words tell us plenty about power. They show us who can speak, enjoy or censor language. They also point to those who are violated, brutalised, silenced. But there is a playful side to obscenity.”

Published: May 1, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,772 words)

How to Write Well

Rules and rigidity are anathema to writing style and the kind of exciting, surprising language that make literature so rewarding. But writing rules also allow for clear communication and logical arguments. So where is the middle ground?

Published: Mar 6, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,793 words)

Heel Turns

An examination of celebrity culture, in all its indulgent, enduring, addictively hollow glory.

Published: Sep 17, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,224 words)

Reading Lessons

You never stop learning how to read — probably because you also never stop forgetting how to read.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 22, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,118 words)

The Kid Is All Right: In Defense of Picky Eating

Kitchen karma comes for Irina Dumitrescu when her son turns into the picky eater she used to be.

Source: Serious Eats
Published: Feb 13, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,915 words)