Darkness on the Edge of Cougartown

On the brink of 50, Sarah Miller makes peace with being 10 years older than her boyfriend, and stops wasting time wishing she were younger.

Source: The Cut
Published: Oct 1, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,235 words)

Was It Worth It?

Chanel Miller, Lauren O’Connor, Paula Coughlin, Anthony Rapp, E. Jean Carroll, Barbara Bowman, any many more people — mostly women — who went public about sexual abuse talk about what happens next: moments of empowerment or relief, but many more that were exactly the opposite.

Source: The Cut
Published: Sep 30, 2019
Length: 59 minutes (14,798 words)

I Was Caroline Calloway

Seven years as an Instagram-famous writer’s right-hand woman.

Source: The Cut
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,833 words)

Dressing for a Wound: How My Body and I Reconciled After a Mastectomy

A personal essay in which Lisa Miller writes about coming to terms with her body, her image, and her personal style following a mastectomy and reconstruction.

Source: The Cut
Published: Aug 21, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,263 words)

Elizabeth Warren’s Classroom Strategy

“Warren believed that the law and its remedies should not be simply the domain of the already powerful, and her approach to communicating with her students — and later, as a more public figure, with a wider audience — came back to her drive to make seemingly complicated concepts available to those who didn’t already have an expertise, specifically by decluttering the language she feels is meant to drive people away from engagement with the policies that shape their lives, rather than drawing them in and making them full participants.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Aug 6, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,028 words)

Maybe It’s Lyme: What Happens When Illness Becomes an Identity?

Molly Fischer dives deep into the growing culture of “chronic Lyme,” a sort of wild West where a proliferation of unconventional approaches to diagnosis and treatment contradict the medical establishment’s contention that, despite some possible lasting symptoms, Lyme is not chronic; and where sufferers find identity and community.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jul 24, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,926 words)

How a Predator Operated in Plain Sight

Lisa Miller makes a compelling argument that the male-dominated sexual revolution of the ’70s and the group-think it engendered led to the silence and tacit acceptance around Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of girls and young women. “A generation of entrepreneurial and ‘brilliant’ men took the job of defining the ‘erotic’ for everyone else,” she writes, “without consulting or including the interpretations of women, and then purveyed to the masses an eros that degraded women and girls while pitching it as ‘healthy.’”

Source: The Cut
Published: Jul 15, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,305 words)

Hideous Men

In a stunning excerpt from her memoir, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal, E. Jean Carroll recalls being sexually assaulted by numerous men, and outright raped in the mid-’90s in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room by Donald Trump.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jun 21, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,503 words)

The Best Abortion Ever

“It lasted about ten seconds. I was just about to say, ‘This really hurts,’ when, suddenly, it didn’t hurt anymore, and the doctor was snapping off her gloves.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Jun 19, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,277 words)

How Many Bones Would You Break to Get Laid?

‘“Incels” are going under the knife to reshape their faces, and their dating prospects.’ What they’re discovering after the swelling goes down is that the work they need to get done is on the inside: no plastic surgery can fix a poor self image or a skewed world view that dictates that life’s problems and roadblocks will magically evaporate with a surgically enhanced jawline.

Source: The Cut
Published: May 28, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,644 words)