Party Girl

An essay in which Longreads contributor Monica Drake recounts learning that a young, white, male intern at a literary magazine she’d submitted to had publicly humiliated her by taking her story to a party to read aloud and mock a sex scene she had included — a scene in which gender dynamics are upended.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,019 words)

Doomed in Nashville

A personal essay in which, while on a whirlwind book tour, Monica Drake fights to resist the pull of an emotional — and physical — abyss.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,778 words)

My Date with Hollywood

A personal essay in which Monica Drake recalls the time a famous actress was interested in adapting her novel, Clown Girl, for the screen.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 18, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,538 words)

The Ongoing Joke About Women And Money Isn’t Funny Anymore

An essay on money, power, marriage and gender stereotypes, and when enough is enough already.

Published: Aug 17, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,435 words)