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Essays & Commentary

The personal essay may be the toughest form to master, especially in a cutthroat online environment that rewards exploitation over nuance. So it's been an honor to work with such talented writers, totally willing to turn their intimate secrets into entertaining, illuminating, and pragmatic examinations of the wider world.

Breaking Uniform

Breaking Uniform

When you work with an icon like Roxane Gay, you're there to learn. This was a pleasure.

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In Praise Of Rage

In Praise Of Rage

The author of this story is a brilliant poet, and I'm glad we found a way to bring out her vivid lyrical instincts in this sharp commentary.

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If You Want To Know What Life Is Like For Dishwashers, Ask Them

If You Want To Know What Life Is Like For Dishwashers, Ask Them

The general consensus at our office was that the Washington Post's dishwasher piece was a fun, inspired bit of reporting. But one of our fantastic staff writers brilliantly disagreed. 

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Money Issue: Back of Book

Money Issue: Back of Book

This package of hilarious, pointed essays was developed for GOOD's Money issue. I consider the collection a triumph of copy-fitting; we had to chop them all nearly in half (without disrupting the tone or logic) per a last-second shift with the book's final design.

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Live links: Forget Leaning In, It's Time For Women To Push Back, Welcome to SwiftopiaWhy Publicly Shaming Your Boss Is Actually A Great Career Move, Harry Potter and the Curse of the Student Loans

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What It's Really Like To Live With Schizophrenia

What It's Really Like To Live With Schizophrenia

My main goal here was to ensure we weren't taking advantage of the writer's openness. This piece scored hundreds of thousands of views without manipulating the reader or undermining the author.

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I Was Debt-Free—Until I Agreed To Pay Back Everything My Grandfather Owed

I Was Debt-Free—Until I Agreed To Pay Back Everything My Grandfather Owed

This is one of those essays that somebody pitches you and you immediately know you've got to run it: the story of an exceptionally honorable act, well-told.

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Don't Let Trump Fool You. The Paris Agreement Endures

Don't Let Trump Fool You. The Paris Agreement Endures

While the world was freaking out about Trump withdrawing from the Paris agreement, our brilliant climate columnist weighed in with measured optimism (only days later would publications like The Washington Post drop the outrage and follow suit).

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24 Hours In Ohio, Post-Trump

24 Hours In Ohio, Post-Trump

The writer's astonishing tweets were so disturbing that I asked her to turn them into an essay on the spot. 

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True Stories: Scents And Sensibilities

True Stories: Scents And Sensibilities

This was one of my first published pieces, and I was lucky enough to be blessed with a gifted editor in Nicole Ankowski, who helped wrangle a much-longer ramble into one of Nerve's top stories for the week. 

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Why Is The ACLU Defending Nazis and The 'Alt-Right'?

Why Is The ACLU Defending Nazis and The 'Alt-Right'?

The first draft took the ACLU to task for taking on Milo Yiannapoulos as a client. Then — after Charlottesville — we pivoted into a broader examination of free speech that suppresses the safety of others. The author held her own against big names like Glenn Greenwald, who published a splashy, diametrically opposed defense of the ACLU, and was invited to discuss her position on the BBC.

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The World's Fifth-Most Hated Company Has A Soft Side

The World's Fifth-Most Hated Company Has A Soft Side

As an organic food reporter whose father had a feud with Monsanto, this essay was a risk both personally and professionally. That the writer managed to maintain his quick wit throughout this confession is just a bonus.

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Yesterday, I Took Time To Grieve. Today, I'm Ready For Action.

Yesterday, I Took Time To Grieve. Today, I'm Ready For Action.

I don't know how the writer and I made it through this editing process; I've blocked it out, I think. But it was a catharsis for both of us, and, it seems, for the essay's many readers. 

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A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To My Younger Self

Though we were constrained by the demands of our client (GAP emphasized positivity and good vibes above all else), this series of letters from fierce professional women to their younger selves is smart, powerful, and inspiring, featuring art from feminist illustrator Tuesday Bassen, who also designed an infographic devoted to girl power.

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Links: Dear 17-Year-Old Me: To Win at Life, You’ve Got to Get MessyDear 13-Year-Old Me: You Are Your Own Superhero,  Dear 10-Year-Old Me: The Stars Will Lead You to Your True Path

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Here's How Hard It Is To Get A Mammogram In America

Here's How Hard It Is To Get A Mammogram In America

After one of my favorite writers posted on Facebook about her struggle to get "her boobs squished between two plates of glass," I tapped her immediately to turn the experience into an essay.

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I Walked Past A Confederate Monument For 15 Years And Never Noticed

I Walked Past A Confederate Monument For 15 Years And Never Noticed

We sent this writer to check out Hollywood's newly discovered Confederate monument. By the time she arrived, it had already been taken down — but she managed to spin out this beautiful meditation on polite American racism anyway.

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Debunking Doomsday

Debunking Doomsday

In the wake of a terrifying climate story from New York Magazine, we ran this deftly researched response proposing that choosing hope over doom and gloom is the smarter strategy.

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I'm Gay. I'm With Hillary. I Went To A Trump Rally Undercover.

I'm Gay. I'm With Hillary. I Went To A Trump Rally Undercover.

This author's first draft contained over 5,000 words. We cut it down, and found a surprising amount of humanity along the way.

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