I reviewed two books by Tim Parks, a memoir about chronic pain and meditation and a novel set at a meditation retreat, in the London Review of Books.
Ruth Curry and I started an online independent bookstore that sells ebooks by subscription and a la carte. We also have this blog where we post essays and other interesting stuff that relates to the books.
The Bell Jar at 40 at the Poetry Foundation. I had wanted to call this “Still Crazy After All These Years” but alas, no.
To be serious for a second this is one of my favorite things I’ve written and marks the first time I found research exciting. Photo from Janet Malcolm’s The Silent Woman, online for New Yorker subscribers, to which I am heavily indebted.
I wish it had been a joint interview. It’s fun to think of what these two cultural heroes of mine would have to say to each other. Maybe Liz hated Freedom but I like to imagine that she loved it.
“In the episode [of 30 Rock called “TGS Hates Women”], we have a fake website called Joanofsnark.com that the women at Jezebel.com immediately recognized that it was their website basically and it was … I don’t have the answer. But I find it interesting that Olivia [Munn, a correspondent on The Daily Show] gets people who go after her on some of these sites because she’s beautiful, and that’s part of it. I think if she were kind of an aggressive, heavier girl with a Le Tigre mustache posing in her underpants, people would be like, ‘That’s amazing. Good for you.’ But because she’s very beautiful, people are like, ‘You’re using that.’ It’s a mess. We can’t figure it out.”
Which is basically all I was trying to say.
for the Poetry Foundation:
Independent Study, March 2011
A Portrait of the Artist Engulfed in Flames, October 2011
For their own inscrutable reasons, 7,000 + people follow my food blog which is rarely about food.
For Technology Review
Our Own Devices, March/April 2009
“It’s Not A Revolution If Nobody Loses,” September/October 2008
iTube, November/December 2008
The Kindle Swindle, May 2011
My favorite post I ever wrote for Gawker was the one in which I quit.
My personal blog, Emily Magazine, has existed since October 2005, just exactly as long as the Internet itself! Weird coincidence.
Here are three things I wrote for The Economist’s More Intelligent Life magazine:
A Fine Balance (on yoga, Poseur by Claire Dederer, Yoga Journal magazine and yoga culture in general), March 2010
What Are Women Fighting About? (on A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff and the titular question), October 2009
On Rings and Hand-wringing (on Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, Marry Him! by Lori Gottlieb, and marriage in general), April 2010
And The Heart Says Whatever, Free Press, May 2010
Listen to or download a free audio excerpt.
Exposed, New York Times Magazine, May 2008
You can watch Cooking the Books, my Internet cooking show with authors, at blip.tv or visit its Tumblr. All guests are my favorite but some recent highlights include: Jennifer Egan, Doogie Horner, Sigrid Nunez and Sam Lipsyte/Ceridwen Morris/Momofuku pork buns. It is produced by Andrew Gauthier and directed by Valerie Temple.
Bad Romance, November 2009
Qualify Your Buyer, July 2009