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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. I founded the Fake Friends essay series at Jezebel, which explores 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.

"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" — The 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