Essays

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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Are You a Boy or a Girl?

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It starts with a gender-reveal celebration, and it culminates at the door of a bathroom in North Carolina.

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Ivanka and Donald Trump

Ivanka Trump Makes Donald Even Scarier

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Ivanka Trump achieved her status as the best reality television character the genre has ever produced on her father’s NBC program Celebrity Apprentice. This was an arena in which the likes of Tom Green, Dennis Rodman, Andrew “Dice” Clay, and other reanimated wax figures from the Museum of Déjà Vu would vie to create a…

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Do animals know they are dying?

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I Am Convinced My Cat Told Me She Was Dying. Am I Crazy?

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Stephen Colbert: America’s Catholic.

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Move over, Antonin Scalia. Stephen Colbert is now America’s Catholic.

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What If Your Mother Had Aborted You?

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Well, since Rick Perry brought it up, I’ll answer.

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Brought to you by the letter I

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An essay commissioned as part of the Museum of Modern Art exhibition Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language. I. THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT “I invited a friend of mine over for dinner,” says the man ruefully. The gray-faced, middle-aged fellow is a squiggly animation, made of skinny, put-upon lines that form sluggish shapes. His…

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Are Women People?

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I’ve always assumed that women are fully autonomous human citizens—who vote, even!—but now I’m not so certain

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