Someday on September 1st I’d like to go to King’s Cross and have some announcer go: ‘Attention Hogwarts students: platform 9 3/4 is currently under construction. The Hogwarts Express will depart from platform 7 2/4.’ And then have a bunch of kids dressed in uniforms run across the station in a hurry to catch their train and watch everyone else just stand there like ‘what the fuck just happened’.
Probably the two things I believe in most fervently are reproductive freedom and brilliant women writers. Here you can support both by outbidding me on signed books and other treasures by Jami Attenberg, Emma Straub, Edan Lepucki, Elissa Schappell, Heidi Julavits, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Aimee Bender, Lauren Groff, and many more. I’ll hate you forever, obvi, but all’s fair in love, war, and charitable giving…
“I think that’s the moment we are in, at the dawn of the internet where we very much are, that all words and stories and thoughts and opinions come to us as received wisdom from atop White Guy Mountain. And I think a tricky symptom of that is, we look at women telling stories and still see them as characters in someone else’s.”—Lena Dunham Demonstrates Once Again Why Women Can’t Be Funny
“Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash: Those are artists, because their experience—of white heterosexual masculinity—is after all universal. Everybody can identify with the love of a good woman, the vicissitudes that attain thereof, but nobody wants to hear about some dumb white girl getting dumped. We can all agree that Rabbit, Run and Portnoy’s Complaint are literary classics, because after all, haven’t we all been there? How could it be a canon if it didn’t accurately describe the lives of every human that matters? Who cares, Lena?”—Lena Dunham Demonstrates Once Again Why Women Can’t Be Funny
"By the way nobody knows. Nobody knows what the f—k is going on. You’re going to die. You’re going to lay next to the people that you know the most in life, the people that you’re going to grow old with. But you’re going to lay next to them in the middle of the night deeply curious about them and who they are, because nobody f—king knows anything."
what kinds of writing samples are best to prepare for a first portfolio if you don't have any experience?
The thing is, you have a Tumblr. Go out and start interviewing people. Put it on your Tumblr. Write articles and put them on your Tumblr. Ask your local news outlet if you can freelance for them. Pitch a story. Show them your tumblr. Then, you can show pieces from your local news outlet to someone else. Etc. Etc. Etc.
“In fact, Bustle’s office culture vibe is so by-women, for-women that one former contributor didn’t recognize Goldberg’s name when I raised it in our conversation. “I had no idea a man was behind Bustle,” she told me. “Weirdly, that makes me like it much less.” She had assumed that her low pay rate was the product of a fledgling female-run startup that had struggled to secure funding from venture capitalists. When I sent her Goldberg’s now infamous PandoDaily announcement, she looked at the headline and said, “There’s $6.5 million behind it, and this is what they’re paying me?” I told her that Goldberg had since raised an additional $5 million. “Jesus,” she said.”—Bustle, one year later: Bryan Goldberg’s website for women is hugely successful.
“We will stop Dong Watch once there’s a female president, zero wage gap, and Swedish-level paid parental leave; once tampons, birth control, and abortions are all available free and on-demand.”—Why We Objectify Men Without Guilt — The Cut
“I’m now wondering if the abundance of more freeform music referenced in the text has also had a kind of structural effect in this book. There’s a lot to take in here: stories about groups of friends fragmenting and evolving over the years; unlikely epiphanies; ventures into unexpected corners of history–the Jewish community in Hong Kong, for example. These are characters that surprised me when reading the book: the ways in which they come together, the ways in which they evolve, the ways in which they hold true to principles or abandon them or jettison elements of their life because of them. That blend of groundedness and unpredictability ultimately creates a fantastic sense of the unexpected in Flings.”—Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Reading Justin Taylor’s “Flings” and Thinking Musically
“A potentially opinion-worthy topic presents itself. A community of professional take-havers finds itself obliged to opine. The takes they generate may or may not be strongly held; they may or may not add up to some sort of dialogue. Regardless, they will be forgotten by next week, when a new object of obligatory opinion-having looms into view.”—Molly Fischer - Salon.com
“Academics and pizza shop employees, the self-aware and the painfully deluded, a retiree, children at play in a Florida swimming pool—Taylor shows them all struggling with the daunting task of understanding love before it escapes them. The result is contemporary, intelligent, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. These stories, by turns witty and piercing, together form an uncommon portrait of the human heart.”—
“It’s not a career for anyone who needs or values security. It’s a career for gamblers. Every time you write a book you roll the dice again.”—George R.R. Martin, on being a writer (via elizabethminkel)
You find yourself a fucking taco, or a fucking beer, or a fucking taco and a beer, then you eat the fucking taco or drink the fucking beer or eat and drink both the fucking taco and the beer, and then you donate some money to an abortion fund. You fucking film yourself doing this shit and then you send us the fucking video and we put it on the fucking internet.
"BUT BUT BUT WAAAAHHHHH I DON’T KNOW ANY ABORTION FUNDS"