My mother and I were very close, but when she died last year there was still so much I didn’t know about her.
The memoirist helped set the stage for an entire era of confessional writing.
Narcissistic, self-indulgent, worthless, cruel: criticisms leveled against social media influencers and young women who write about themselves sound a lot alike.
Five years ago, Kathleen Hale wrote an essay for the Guardian — about targeting a Goodreads reviewer — that nearly ended her career. Now, she’s back with a new book that some people say never should have been published.
When I was born, my grandfather gave me an alpaca blanket to keep de por vida. Nearly 40 years later, it’s one of the only things connecting me to the man who was, in many ways, my first father.
I picture myself as a detached intellect, cool under pressures both real and imagined. My history of infrequent but unavoidable fainting proves that definitively untrue. (An essay from Josh Gondelman's Nice Try.)
When it comes to beauty, nature gave us a lot but not everything.
I remember it the way a criminal might remember a crime, the where and when more accessible now than the why — the time I cried on the job at Playboy.
I am not the Samantha Hunt who wrote Extreme BDSM for Sexual Freaks, but neither my mother nor my brother-in-law fully believe that.
It’s important to consider what kinds of stories we keep asking writers of color to tell, and that those stories go beyond performing suffering on the page.
"Didion was one of the boys, clearly, in the sense that men had noticed her writing and wanted to publish her. But she also couldn’t quite fit into their regime." An excerpt from Michelle Dean's new book, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.
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The conversation over the viral New Yorker short story “Cat Person” is reiterating the same old bias against personal essays as a frivolous, artless, and feminine form of writing.
Because other people's lives are so much more interesting than your own.
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The gun show loophole allows shoppers to buy guns from private dealers without a background check. I stared down a sea of Confederate flags to find out what that's like.
For me, marijuana wasn’t a gateway to harder drugs. It was an exit ramp from my addiction to alcohol.
When I was a teenager, my family left my father and refused to look back.
Two of my adult teeth never showed up. Until I could afford fake ones, I got creative.
In my secular life, I'm a marathoner and stand-up comic. In the eyes of the church, I'm a charity case.
This week, BuzzFeed Ideas shared a series of essays from actors of color on their casting experiences. Read those stories and others from Medium, Jezebel, Pitchfork, The Atlantic, and more.
When I was 35 and single in New York City, I was convinced I'd be alone forever. Undergoing a costly procedure to buy myself time seemed like the right choice.