I write white papers, blog posts, & web copy for software companies, as well as book & TV reviews for The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, NYLON, & LitHub. Email me for samples of corporate client work.
What can traditional employers learn from the women who created spaces of their own?
If the whole process of translating a book to screen is so slippery and capricious, what, then, are the hallmarks of a “good” or “bad” adaptation? And how do you begin to write about them?
Success in online learning environments builds the self-esteem of students in recovery. The hope is this success will ready them to return to traditional college campuses and pursue degrees abandoned because of addiction.
In the 1930s, Elizebeth Friedman graced the covers of newspapers and was profiled by Reader’s Digest. She was a tireless and talented code breaker who brought down gangsters and Nazi spies. But after World War II, her story was lost, due partly to forced government secrecy, and also because her husband, William Friedman, was credited for work they did together.
As a former columnist for xoJane, Massey is no stranger to the confessional nature of women’s writing online. There is an industry that hungers—sometimes perversely—to promote the pain women experience, but a readership that needs badly to see their experiences rendered in writing—to know they are real, shared, understood.
In her new book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, Anne Helen Petersen examines how women like Clinton (“Too Shrill”) navigate near-constant policing and still manage (more or less) to embrace their supposed weaknesses.
In 2008, during the middle of the financial crisis, Imbolo Mbue lost her job. As Mbue looked for work, she started the writing project that would eventually become Behold the Dreamers—at least, this is the mythology that surrounds the novel that earned her a seven-figure advance.
But since 2010, the ACA had been making it easier to navigate the murky waters of life as an independent contractor in a shrinking industry. Sometimes the role of independent contractor is one that writers—like me—take on more or less willingly. For others, it comes out of the permanent loss of a good full-time job or the need to hustle for extra cash outside of a teaching position or part-time gig.
Drive eight miles off Connecticut’s Route 202 into the Litchfield hills, follow hairpin turns past fields of award-winning pumpkins and sedate dairy cows, and you’ll reach Washington Depot, population 3,500 or so, and the inspiration for Stars Hollow, the kooky small town where Gilmore Girls is set.
Searching for John Hughes begins as an homage to the misfits of your favorite Hughes movies, like Pretty in Pink or The Breakfast Club, and to the idea of a tranquil suburban life. Soon, though, it’s clear that author Jason Diamond’s childhood in Chicago was far from perfect.
“The Letters in the Barn”: Shirley Jackson Biographer Ruth Franklin Helps Uncover the Secret History of Women's Lives
In correspondence Franklin unearthed after an impressive bit of detective work, she was able to trace the halting progress of Jackson’s last novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle—which was almost abandoned.
Jackson told few people of her difficulties with the book, but she did confess her troubles to a housewife in Baltimore named Jeanne Beatty, who wrote Jackson letters throughout the early 1960s.
“The name [Jeanne Beatty] didn’t ring any bells for me,” says Franklin, who read through the letters from Beatty in Jackson’s archives, which are housed at the Library of Congress. “This wasn’t a famous person or somebody Jackson had mentioned in other letters.”
Once she started reading, though, Franklin was hooked. “The letters were so smart and sensitive and beautifully written,” says Franklin, but she desperately wanted to read the other half of the conversation—the letters Jackson sent Beatty.
Fighting the time difference between the U.S. and the UK, I spoke with Jenni via phone while still on my first cup of coffee (she was well into her afternoon). We discussed climate change, Brexit, the origins of Stella, and outsider modes of art.