Summer in the Heartsick Mountains

This sweet and lyrical read will make you fall in love with fireflies and think much harder about how we are everyday chipping away at the world that made us.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 14, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,322 words)

Most People Love Ramona Quimby, But I Remember Beverly Cleary

“That Cleary eventually ended up writing children’s books feels the way the paths of a great many talented people feel: both inevitable and magical, the result of a lot of hard work mixed with a certain amount of luck.”

Author: Kate Dries
Source: Jezebel
Published: Apr 12, 2016
Length: 6 minutes (1,691 words)

Who Gets to Own Black Girl Magic?

The phrase “Black Girl Magic” has become a point of pride for black female visibility in the way it acknowledges how black women are seen—and not seen—in culture. It’s become a valuable phrase as well, and is now at the center of a trademark dispute. But where, exactly, did black girl magic come from?

Source: Jezebel
Published: Apr 7, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,550 words)

Becoming Ugly

“There are days when all I want is to become a human road sign, a blinking hazard to any man misfortunate enough to cross my path: ‘I WANT TO OFFEND YOUR SIGHT. I WANT TO OFFEND YOUR EVERYTHING.'”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Dec 29, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,127 words)

The Team of Men Behind Rachel Brewson, the Fake Woman Whose Trump-Fueled Breakup Went Viral

Liberal Rachel Brewson became an internet — and eventually, television — celeb after sharing the story of her tumultuous relationship with a Republican named Todd. How is she different from a thousand other personal essay writers? Rachel was never real.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Oct 4, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,198 words)

All the Greedy Young Abigail Fishers and Me

Tolentino explores the recent “Becky With the Bad Grades v. UT Austin” Supreme Court ruling through the lens of her own experience writing college essays for privileged white high school students.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jun 28, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,203 words)

Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks

When an expectant mom learned, at 31 weeks, that her fetus was “incompatible with life,” she flew to Colorado to get a shot that would start the process of a third-trimester abortion, then returned to New York to finish the delivery.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jun 15, 2016
Length: 32 minutes (8,159 words)

Is This the End of the Era of the Important, Inappropriate Literary Man?

Unpacking the problems around the dynamics between male professors and female students in the literary community, how accusations should be reported, and journalistic responsibility.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Mar 28, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,715 words)

What Should We Say About David Bowie and Lori Maddox?

A superb essay by Jia Tolentino about rape and the story of Lori Maddox, who spoke about losing her virginity to David Bowie when she was just 15 years old.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Feb 19, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,630 words)

No Offense

“I can’t think of an obligation that feminism ought to have lifted faster than the obligation that a woman construct her life around agreement—and yet, this year, it seems like this is exactly what many people understand feminism, within its own sphere, to be.”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Dec 29, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,285 words)