I write essays about gender, aesthetics, and bodies in popular culture and literary history. I've written for Slate, The Hairpin, The Awl, Avidly, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. I cut my teeth recapping for Television Without Pity from 2005-2009.
Gender, Art, Popular Culture
- "Men Like Him." On the Lawrence Seldens of today.
- "Our Bella, Ourselves." Team Bella, forever.
- "Room is the Crash of Feminism." You either love or really, really hate this essay.
- "Editing as Carework." With an assist from Isabel Archer patching up Pansy's dress at the ball.
- Review of Marilynne Robinson's novel Lila.
Pop Culture's Formal Aesthetics
- "Explaining the Olympics to a Five Year Old." Simone Biles and the Nation-State
- "Dance, Dance, Revelation." On SYTYCD, William James, and unthinking thought.
- "Making Their Way in the World Today." The phenomenology of Broad City.
- "We Talkin' About Genre." Richard Sherman and the formal aesthetics of football.
- "Generation FNL." Friday Night Lights was about how not to be "about" something.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Culture / Personal Essays
- Parenting by the Books: my column on parenting & classic literary texts
- "YouTube Subway Videos and the Search for the Sublime." Why my kids love watching boring subway footage.
- "Monstrous Births." Pushing back on "empowerment" in birth.
- "Baby, Boom." How to celebrate almost dying in childbirth.
- "Battleground State." Infertility treatment and reproductive rights.
- "Souffrante & Unpresentable." Revisiting the cultural tradition of "confinement" in pregnancy.
Selected Co-Writing with Sarah Mesle
- "On Connie Britton's Hair." We worship at The Church.
- "No One Likes Meg." Thinking through how and why readers so often dislike female characters (like Meg in Little Women) who follow the rules. We go in on the jelly-making scene.
- "This Week in Ferrante." Never forget: we were on the "the Ferrante covers are actually good" beat first.
- "Essays that We, as Ladies of Early Middle Age, Would Like to See Written."
- "Our Deep Springs Syllabus"; "Our Bonnet Syllabus"; "Who Holds Your Hair? Towards a Literary Theory of Drunk Puking." These pieces are why one goes to grad school.