Selected Writing

Jessica Winter: Our Autofiction Fixation

New York Times Essay: Our Autofiction Fixation

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In February 2020, at a book party in a Brooklyn brownstone, a smiling stranger walked up to me. “We have something in common, you know,” she said. “We conceived our children without having sex.” My memory of the exchange then goes blank for a moment — I must have spluttered some confused pleasantry in response — but it quickly emerged that she had read my first novel, which explores its protagonist’s struggles with infertility, and drawn the conclusion that I myself had undergone I.V.F., as she had.

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Stealth Kids’ Movies for the Era of Quarantine

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In order to minimize the odds that sheltering in place will drive us to renew our subscriptions to “PAW Patrol,” “PJ Masks,” and any number of other infernal children’s entertainments, I’ve been pulling together a list of movies that are kid-friendly by happenstance rather than by design. The criteria are loose and can stretch or contract depending on your kid’s age and preferences. But the basics are that the movies be live-action, fun and somewhat intellectually engaging for grownups to watch, and lack as much as possible what Tipper Gore might call “explicit content.”

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The Language of the Trump Administration Is the Language of Domestic Violence

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In the final scene of Frederick Wiseman’s landmark documentary “Domestic Violence,” police in Tampa arrive late at night to the home of a man who is drunk and a woman who is sick. The man has called the police because he is angry that the woman, who is desperate to sleep, is “neglecting” him. Minute by…

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Roy Moore, Abortion, and the Presumption of Innocence

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Flip Benham, an evangelical pastor and anti-abortion activist, recently appeared on an Alabama radio show to speak in defense of Roy Moore’s sexual preferences. Moore, the Republican candidate for the state’s open Senate seat, has recently been accusedof initiating sexual contact with teen-age girls when he was in his thirties; the claims include allegations of sexual assault. One of his…

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Why Aren’t Mothers Worth Anything to Venture Capitalists?

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Every society has its own signals—the hanky code, the safety pin—and in this one, it’s the bag. About the size of a Birkin, if a Birkin came in an easy-wipe microfiber most closely associated with drugstore umbrellas, and only in black. The fellowship of the bag provides a tacit solidarity, even an intimacy, however fleeting. Members of its…

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Can a single pill change your life?

Can a Single Pill Change Your Life?

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MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug Ecstasy, has been reviled as a menace and even a killer. Now some therapists claim it can help light the way out of a traumatic past.

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Daniel Day-Lewis: How the Greatest Living Actor Became Lincoln

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The shy, soft-spoken actor on the challenge of portraying a man whom everyone and no one knows at once In the summer of 2011, the actress Sally Field began receiving text messages from Abraham Lincoln. “I’d hear that twinkle-twinkle on my phone, and he would have sent me some ridiculous limerick,” says Field, who plays…

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Kathryn Bigelow: The Art of Darkness (Time Cover Feature)

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To understand the controversy around Kathryn Bigelow’s hit film Zero Dark Thirty, it helps to understand Kathryn Bigelow’s kind of movie.

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Star Wars Virgins

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Two Slate writers who wouldn’t know a Jedi from a nerf herder go see The Force Awakens.

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Cracked Actor

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The film career of David Bowie. In the summer of 1983, a man calling himself David Bowie appeared on the cover of Time magazine. With his blond coif and portfolio of smooth platinum hits, this tanned and tailored crooner of what he dubbed “positive music” seemed a man apart from the shape-shifting, gender-melding ’70s pop…

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