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I primarily write essays, features, and reviews often combining personal narrative with cultural critique. My work focuses on a range of topics from emotion and the cultural reception of it, intimacy (especially female friendship), empathy, popular culture (90s nostalgia is particular love of mine), and, broadly, gender and sexuality. Several years ago I founded the Fake Friends essay series at Jezebel, which explored the relationships of fictional female characters across literature and popular culture. 

What follows is a chronological listing of my clips, with the most recent at the top.

“Pelvic Exams and the Death Drive” — Gay Magazine, September 17, 2019

“'90s erotic thrillers and the satisfaction of watching women burn the world” — Vox, The Highlight, September 5, 2019

“What Makes Somebody a Mother? On the New Season of The Handmaid’s Tale — Literary Hub, June 4, 2019

“(Un)Smart Buddies: ‘Booksmart’ Is an Adorably Gawky Entry Into the High School Comedy Canon” — Bitch Media, May 31, 2019

“The Fraught Culture of Online Mourning” — Longreads, May 21, 2019

“Persona Non Grata” — Poetry Foundation, May 20, 2019

“Why I Embraced Skin Care After My Mother’s Death” — SELF Magazine, April 18, 2019

“Serial Killer As Instagram Influencer? On Killing Eve’s Cool Girl Assassin” — Literary Hub, April 8, 2019

“The Act Illuminates a Lethal Bond” — The New Republic, March 26, 2019

“A Single Life Full of People” — The New Republic, March 4, 2019

“Love At First Sight: On Christina Ricci and Queer ‘90s Nostalgia” — Nylon Magazine, February 19, 2019

“In ‘My Brilliant Friend,’ Companionship and Survival Are Forever Linked” — Bitch Media, February 1, 2019

“Everything Is Possible in Mary Poppins Returns — The New Republic, December 19, 2018

"Mothering and Unmothering" — The New Republic, August 7, 2018

"The It Girl Allure—And Limitations—Of Eve Babitz" — Buzzfeed Reader, August 2, 2018

"Painted Ladies: Christina Rossetti Versus the Male Gaze" — Poetry Foundation, July 23, 2018

"Does 'The Handmaid's Tale' Want Us to Empathize With Ivanka Trump?" — Literary Hub, July 12, 2018

"In GLOW, Who Gets to Be Empowered?" — The New Republic, June 28, 2018

"The Power Of Emotional Decision-Making, Or How to Know When to Leave" — Medium (Member Feature Story), May 16, 2018

"Volunteers of the Ivory Tower: How academia exploits the labor—and love—of aspiring scholars" — The New Republic, May 1, 2018

"Flamin' Hot Indulgence: The Lowbrow Pleasures Of Flamin' Hot Cheetos" — Medium (Member Feature Story), April 18, 2018

"The Complicated Comforts Of Marilynne Robinson" — Literary Hub, April 13, 2018

"The Imperfect Woman: Antiheroines Take Center Stage in The Female Persuasion" — Bitch Media, April 3, 2018

"The Reality of Women's Pain" — The New Republic, March 7, 2018

"How an Iconic '90s Film Normalized Stalking" — Bitch Magazine, Issue #78, Spring 2018 (first in print, now online)

"Dead Mom Soundtrack, or the Top 5 Songs About Losing Your Mother" — Pitchfork, February 12, 2018

"Justice for Maggie: On George Eliot's Most Underrated Heroine" — Literary Hub, November 22, 2017 

"My Mother Has Terminal Cancer, and I Can't Seem to Stop Buying Sweaters" — Catapult, November 20, 2017

"Not That Innocent: The Sexy Catholic Schoolgirl" — Mask Magazine, October 26, 2017

"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Is Still A Powerful Ode to Female Friendships" — Bitch Media, September 27, 2017

"Love Everlasting: Outlander's Signature Romance Might Be Its Downfall" — Bitch Media, September 18, 2017

"Guster's Ambivalent Nostalgia" — The Awl, July 7, 2017

"I Came Out As Queer Two Years Ago—But I Didn't Leave My Husband" — Refinery29, June 21, 2017

"My Fictional Nemesis: Why Thomas Hardy's Angel Clare Is The Worst" — Literary Hub, June 2, 2017

"Why a Women's-Only Wonder Woman Screening That Sparked Male Outrage Is Absolutely Vital"Rolling Stone, May 26, 2017 

"What We Learned from American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story"Rolling Stone, April 18, 2017

"New Hulu Series The Handmaid's Tale Is Much-Watch TV For This Moment" — GOOD, April 17, 2017

"In Big Little Lies, Female Friendship Seems as Hard to Solve as Crime" — ELLE, March 31, 2017 

"The Misogynistic History Of Trying to Understand Women Who Self-Harm" — Broadly, March 15, 2017

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the Greatest Show in the History of Television" — The Week, March 10, 2017

"The Many Bad Moms of Charles Dickens" — Literary Hub, January 5, 2017

"Mashed Potatoes Are the Best Holiday Breakfast" — Extra Crispy, December 8, 2016

"What Peter Thiel's Appointment Could Mean For Freedom Of Speech" — GOOD, November 16, 2016

"How Tori Amos Taught Me the Beautiful Power Of Anger" — The Week, November 3, 2016

"Are You An Anne Shirley Or An Emily Starr?" — Literary Hub, October 27, 2016

"Blank Books and Letting the Ink Dry" - Catapult, September 26, 2016

"Gawker's Demise Is A Loss to the Writers And Readers Who Depended On It" — GOOD, August 18, 2016

"Our Lady of Sensuality, Sarah McLachlan" — The Hairpin, June 16, 2016

"Searching for Salvation in Charlotte Brontë's Villette" — Literary Hub, April 21, 2016

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Ugly Cry" — The New Republic, April 1, 2016

"The Untold History of Female Friendship" — Yes! Magazine, March 1, 2016 (originally in print)

"Virginia Woolf's Philosopher of Novelty" — Hazlitt, January 25, 2016

"Learning to Hate 2015" — Jezebel, December 29, 2015

"Body-Shaming Trolls Hurt My Feelings. Here's Why Admitting That Is My Best Revenge" — Splinter (formerly Fusion), December 26, 2015

"Devon Sawa, Can I Keep You?" — Jezebel, October 31, 2015

"I've Wanted 1990s-Era Ethan Hawke Like This For All These Years" — Splinter (formerly Fusion), September 29, 2015

"Is Sharing a Sex Toy the Ultimate Symbol Of Female Friendship?" — Mic, September 25, 2015

"A Friendship You'd Kill For: The Twisted Fantasies of Heavenly Creatures' Pauline and Juliet" — Jezebel, September 23, 2015

"The Art of Loving and Losing Female Friends" — Pacific Standard, August 29, 2015

"Taylor & Karlie & Lena: The Romance Of Celebrity Female Friendship in the Feminist Selfie Generation" — The Los Angeles Review of Books, July 16, 2015

"The Love Story of Orange Is the New Black's Taystee and Poussey" — Jezebel, June 11, 2015

"Why Twitter Is the Best Place for Female Friendships" — The Daily Dot, June 11, 2015

"A Summer Without" — The Billfold, June 9, 2015

"There's No Crying in Graduate School" — Curriculum Vitae, June 5, 2015 (also printed in the Chronicle of Higher Education)

"Don't Mistake Your Best Friend for a Mirror: On Sophie and Francis Ha" — Jezebel, April 21, 2015

"A Guide to Literary Self-Care" — For Books' Sake, March 2015

"On Productivity Anxiety" — The Billfold, February 19, 2015

"The Misanthropic Love Story Of Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane" — Jezebel, February 2, 2015

"How to Talk About Divorce in Your Twenties" — Jezebel, November 25, 2014

"I Thought I Could Just Be a Passenger" — The Rumpus, November 5, 2014

"The Soundtrack to My Late-Blooming Sexual Awakening: A Roundtable" — The Hairpin, August 22, 2014 (with Kirsten Schofield, Sarah Seltzer, and Lindsay King-Miller)

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Second Wedding" — The Hairpin, June 30, 2014

"Too Emotional, Too Sensitive, Too Much" — The Hairpin, June 4, 2014

"Fantasy On Wheels: My Roller Rink Sexual Awakening" — The Hairpin, April 16, 2014

INTERVIEWS

"Transgressive and Unruly Women: Talking With Anne Helen Petersen" — The Rumpus, September 6, 2017

"A Chat with Orange Is the New Black's Adrienne C. Moore About Race, Religion, and the Future Of Black Cindy" — Jezebel, August 16, 2016