Edible Complex

Trying pot chocolate on the third date leads Jen Doll and a man she’s just getting to know toward an unexpected trust exercise.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 15, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,598 words)

A Wild Night at Weed Church

A wild night at weed church is, like, the calmest possible night anywhere else in the world.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Cosmopolitan
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,080 words)

Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?

Jen Doll considers the value of millennials owning whatever privilege and generational wealth they’ve benefitted from as a step toward acknowledging that the path to success isn’t a level playing field, and income inequality is a major obstacle for many.

Author: Jen Doll
Published: Feb 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,997 words)

Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?

The notion of the “self-made success” is so deeply encoaded in the American ideals of equality and meritocracy that many young successful people hesitate to talk about the financial help that let them get a leg up. But talking about privilege doesn’t discount work hard or struggle.

Author: Jen Doll
Published: Feb 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,793 words)

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)