Chinese Cooking Helps Me Connect With My Mother—And Helps Me Prepare to Lose Her

“Michelle Zauner’s memoir Crying in H Mart showed me how bonding over food could let me cope with anticipatory grief.”

Author: Nicole Zhu
Published: Apr 8, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,902 words)

We Need to Translate More Armenian Literature

“We need them to assert our very existence.”

Published: Mar 25, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,773 words)

A Cultural History of Racial Fraud

What does it mean to perform race for a white audience?

Author: April Yee
Published: Jan 14, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,849 words)

Please Just Let Women Be Villains

“From ‘Wicked’ to ‘Cruella,’ rehabilitated villainesses rely on outdated ideas of women’s virtue.”

Published: Feb 25, 2021
Length: 7 minutes (1,957 words)

I Reject the Imaginary White Man Judging My Work

“Breaking news: Black people have families and jobs and romantic interests and hobbies and challenges and yes, we have all of this within systems not designed for us, and yet we exist. We live and love and die. Those institutions and structures don’t HAVE to be in the forefront of the stories we tell and it’s also okay when they are.”

Published: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,625 words)

Margery Kempe Had 14 Children and She Still Invented the Memoir

“Here’s what we can learn from Margery Kempe, patron saint of writing mothers: cry if you must, then bulldoze your own path.”

Published: Feb 27, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,916 words)

What If You Can’t Afford “A Room of One’s Own”?

For all the writers who rely on food stamps, day jobs, friends’ couches, and spouses to write their books with no guarantee of payment or publication, novelist Sandra Newman talks openly about her financial struggles. And she says: don’t feel ashamed. Create a room of your own anyway you can, even if it requires eating spaghetti with ketchup, and writing on a park bench.

Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,355 words)

Horror Lives in the Body

“That fight-or-flight feeling, the body’s warning system, is what horror regularly exercises. It reminds you to stay alert because danger could present itself from the depths of any shadow, from behind any door, from the cab of any passing vehicle.”

Published: Oct 10, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,289 words)

Thomas Cook and the Stack Pirates

Boredom and an enterprising Brit gave birth to the modern tourism industry, and we’re still trying to make sense of it all.

Author: Mary Mann
Published: May 16, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,506 words)

Dissipation and Disenchantment: The Writing Life in Argentina in the 1990s

In 1995, twenty-one year old novelist Mariana Enriquez came to fame in Argentina on the power of a single novel built around youthful subcultures, drugs, and her love of Emily Bronte, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, then she quickly sank back into the shadows. She liked it that way.

Published: Feb 21, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,334 words)