The Summer I Became a Thief

When Sari Botton wasn’t receiving what she needed from her divorced parents, she took things into her own hands. She took coins from her annoying stepbrother’s money jar.

Source: Catapult
Published: Apr 30, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,740 words)

Losing the Plot

A personal essay from our Fine Lines series in which Sari Botton finds that not planning for death is, well, killing her.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 19, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,667 words)

Unchain My Heart: On the Emotional Effectiveness—and Lingering Sexism—of Jewish Divorce

Sari Botton explores the dark side of a tradition that has for millennia subverted women’s rights.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 17, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,211 words)

The Perils of Writing About Your Own Family: A Conversation with George Hodgman

“Memoir is a total minefield, as you know. It’s best if you write the book and leave the country.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 28, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,752 words)

‘The Truth of Life’: Paula Fox on the Re- (Re-) Release of Her 1970 Novel

Sari Botton talks to Paula Fox about Fox’s 1970 novel “Desperate Characters.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 27, 2015
Length: 5 minutes (1,250 words)

The Cost of Telling Your Truth, Publicly

Jillian Lauren on the challenges of holding nothing back as a writer—about her time in a harem, her life as a sex worker, and the fallout from her family’s response to her memoirs.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 8, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,858 words)

Curtis Sittenfeld’s ‘Prep,’ 10 Years Later

Sittenfeld’s smart debut novel about social dynamics at an exclusive boarding school remains relevant—and not just as a “coming of age novel”—a decade after it was first published.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 14, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,440 words)

Think of This as a Window: Remembering the Life and Work of Maggie Estep

“I moved to Lower Manhattan when I was seventeen. The only things I cared about were books and music.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 18, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,795 words)

Taking the Slow Road: An Interview with Author Katherine Heiny

She published a short story in The New Yorker in 1992, then seemed to all but disappear. How author Katherine Heiny took her sweet time on the path toward publishing her new story collection.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 3, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,683 words)