Tag: Essay

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My Misspent Youth

Life and debt as a young writer in New York.

Meghan Daum on the Longform Podcast
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Winona, Forever

Winona Ryder has always been trapped in her own anticipatory nostalgia, and the public has always wanted to keep her there.

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On Self-Respect

An essay on understanding our character, worth, and limits.

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How It Feels

An essay on depression, art, and growing up.

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The Funny Thing About Abusive Relationships

“Offhand, there are maybe three times in my life I can clearly recall laughing at something really terrible. One: when my mother told me my grandfather had a heart attack. Two: when a friend and I were driving to Cape Cod and a huge bird careened into the windshield, instantly bonking itself dead. Three: when my friends tried to keep me from going home from a party because they thought my boyfriend might kill me.”
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Girl

The Castro, 1990, and a first night in drag.

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In Praise of Idleness

An argument for working less.

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Best of Luck

On realizing you’re going to die.

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Chicago Christmas, 1984

How John, a father of 14, lost Christmas.

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Unpregnant

An essay on the silent, secret grief of miscarriage.

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There Once Was a Girl

On the false narratives of anorexia.

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Home for the Holidays

Surviving a trip to see the family for Thanksgiving.

“How I envy people who enjoy the company of their parents without the aid of pharmaceuticals.”


Reprinted from for the Holidays and Other Calamities.