John Updike, His Stories, and Me

“But now I’ve been a writer for 30 years, I can understand the impulses that I and he and probably every other writer have: to go after a subject we’re compelled by.”

Author: Molly Fisk
Published: Oct 25, 2021

Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden

“I’m tired of having to replace another broken bedside table because he didn’t realize he needed to talk about his feelings,” she admits.

Published: May 2, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Stacey Abrams and Janelle Monáe on the Fight for Democracy in an Election Season for the Ages

‘The former Georgia Representative talks to singer and fellow Atlantan Monáe about voter suppression, Joe Biden, and whether Abrams herself will one day run for president. (The answer: “Absolutely.”)’

Published: Aug 10, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,152 words)

Is America Ready for the SoulCycle of Sex?

New York’s private, sex-positive and cannabis club, NSFW, would like to see similar clubs open in other cities. “We are not people for whom sex and cannabis is an afterthought,” says communications director Melissa Vitale.

Author: Jenn Doll
Published: Nov 21, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,953 words)

Serena Williams Poses Unretouched

To accompany her unretouched cover photo on the August, 2019 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, tennis star Serena Williams writes a moving personal essay about the harsh, sexist way she was penalized at the 2018 U.S. Open for defending herself to a judge, the apology she sent to her opponent that day, Naomi Osaka, and why she will always choose to speak up anyway.

Published: Jul 9, 2019
Length: 5 minutes (1,441 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)

A Serial Killer, a Receipt, and My Mom: Haunted by the Murder of 33 Boys

The author’s mother was a key witness in serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s trail, and Gacy’s presence in her childhood has haunted her into adulthood. To honor his 33 victims and exorcise herself, she spoke with her mom about Gacy.

Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,462 words)

A Fast Life

A personal essay by The Price of Illusion author and former French Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck, about choosing to be “fast” after learning her grandmother regretted her lifetime with just one man.

Published: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,923 words)

Sex, Drugs, and Bestsellers: The Legend of the Literary Brat Pack

A look back at the “literary brat pack”—Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz and a group of other writers in the 1980s as famous for their coke-fueled late nights at the Odeon as they were for publishing celebrated novels before the age of 30.

Published: Nov 2, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,542 words)