Life Lessons From the School of Phish

Jen Doll dives into the world of the band Phish and their followers, known as “phans.” She discovers a hippy-esque subculture of “you do you” people dedicated not only to a band renowned for live jams, but a shared appreciation for uninhibited drug consumption, joyful escapism, and making new Phish-following-friends at every show.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Topic
Published: Dec 4, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,064 words)

Age Appropriate

A personal essay in the Fine Lines series, in which Jen Doll comes to terms with her inner teenager … or whatever.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 18, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,941 words)

Where Spring Breaks Eternal

Jen Doll and photographer Eva O’Leary venture to the Lani Kai Island Resort in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida — a hotel known for choosing to host a seemingly never-ending stream of spring breakers to uncover how they not only survive, but manage to embrace the drunken debauchery of the spring break set — within reason, of course.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Topic
Published: Apr 24, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,062 words)

The Bar Mitzvah Party Starters

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs have become a big extravagant affair, so Jewish many families hire professionals to direct games, create energy and get attendees to dance. They’re called “motivators.” Here are a few.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Topic
Published: Dec 9, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,607 words)

Flying Solo

A personal essay in which Jen Doll, author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, tries to makes sense of a breakup that happened the day before a romantic vacation — and blindsided her in the same ways the presidential election did.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 21, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,048 words)

The Tupperware Queen

How an Eisenhower-era single mom created the “Tupperware party,” launching a plastic food-storage empire.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Mental Floss
Published: Nov 1, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3,387 words)

Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

An interview with the blogger behind Hyperbole and a Half (and a new book of the same name) on narcissism, the Internet, and coping with depression:

I haven’t always had depression. I talked to a few of my friends who knew me when I was in high school, and it was sort of this tragic/hilarious thing to explain to them. They were like, “But you were so happy,” and I’d be like, “That person’s dead, I’m sorry.”

Author: Jen Doll
Source: The Hairpin
Published: Nov 14, 2013
Length: 10 minutes (2,590 words)