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Future Tense / Slate

"The places in JWST’s first images are not places for us. But instead of seeking to speckle them with familiar, Earthly worlds, we can give in to the alienation and embrace the loneliness, let it transmute into a new kind of awe."


Future Tense / Slate

"A 10-day quarantine is enough to break a person. I love my son to the end of the world, but this is not about whether I love him enough." 


Future Tense / Slate

"To see Earth as a planet is to see it as one of many, among comrades in the solar system and kin in the cosmos, just one of what turn out to be bountiful worlds."



"If I learn to love my writing as unconditionally as I love my child, it will be a triumph of good-enough. It will be because I see my writing’s specialness and magic, utterly itself whether it’s frail or robust, mild or stormy, eloquent or nearly silent, compared to no one and nothing."

Here's everything:
Essays / Features

Slate: Surely There Must Be Someone Out There In All That Space

Catapult: The Beautiful Ego Death of Having My Book Fact-Checked

Catapult: Like Being a Good-Enough Mother, Being a Good-Enough Writer Is Enough

Slate: What the Olympics’ Alien-Meets-Astronaut Ice Dancing Routine Says About First Contact

Catapult: Teaching Freshman Comp Was the Best Writing Education I Ever Got

Slate: The Agony of Parents of Children Under 5

Slate: Here's the Real Deal on Flurona

Slate: Why Astronomers Are “Crying and Throwing Up Everywhere” Over the Upcoming Telescope Launch

Catapult: What If We Taught Writing the Way We Teach Acting?

Slate: If the Earth Isn't Special, Then the Whole Cosmos Is

Southwest: Once in a Babymoon

The Cut: I Love My Weird Pregnancy Skin-Care Routine

Popular Science: Could astrobiology research convince us to fight climate change?

Frere-Jones Type: Archaeology and Invention: Designing Empirica

Backstage: Ben Foster Crams a Life’s Worth of Experience Into Every Role

Medium: The Strangely Human Messages We Send To Aliens

How We Imagine Aliens

Something Incredible Waiting to Be Known

Are We Really Alone?

Electric Literature: Why We Still Need Aunt Beast

The Cut: Yoga Pants Are the Best Pants

BuzzFeed Books: Who Gets A Happily Ever After In 2018?

Electric Literature: I Spent 24 Hours Reading Last Weekend and I Didn’t Lose My Mind

Brooklyn Magazine: “When People Ask for Advice”: My Brother, My Brother, and Me Brings Their Good-Guy Podcast to TV

Catapult: Reading for an Audience

Longreads: The Fullness of a Moment

American Theatre online: Dancing on the Edge

The Toast: The French Toast Test

The Rumpus: Aftermath

The Cossack: A Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (print)

Everyday Genius: Dirty Hands

The Awl: Embrace Your Prairie Looks and Make Some Applesauce

Criticism / Reviews / Interviews

The Cut: Is This the Millennial Parent Book? (Q&A with Emily Oster)

Vulture: Why You Should Be Reading Romance Novels

New York Times Book Review: Four Winter Romance Novels Find Love in Hopeless Places

All's Well That Ends Well: Fall Romance Novels

Four Delicious New Romance Novels

The Latest Romance Novels: Firefighters, Buff Male Nannies, Astronauts and More

In These Romance Novels, the Characters Are Sexy, Hot and Toting a Ton of Emotional Baggage

Summer Reading: Romance

Nylon: Type A(my): An Ode To ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ For Celebrating Ambitious, Perfectionist Women

The Rumpus: It's Just Reality: Talking With Meaghan O'Connell Leslie Jamison Wants You to Rethink Your Drunk Literary Heroes (Q&A)

Thrillist: The Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Vulture: Alyssa Cole on Why Her Romance Novels Are Always Political

Unbound Worlds: The Word for Empathy is Sci-Fi: On Le Guin, Kress, and Kindness

Slate: On Election Day 2017, Do Yourself a Favor and Turn Off Facebook Memories

Google Play Editorial: Google Play's Summer Reading (list)
Extra Crispy: The Science of Breakfast Time, According to Alan Burdick
The Morning News: Bats of the Republic v. The Turner House (Tournament of Books)
Slate: Founding Father Fails (Q&A with Sarah Vowell)
The Millions: Cohesion Is Not Continuity: On Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness
The Oyster Review: Context and the City (on Choire Sicha's Very Recent History)
The Rumpus: The Last Book I Loved: The Unnamed
BuzzFeed Books: It’s Always Spilling Over the Edges (Q&A with Leslie Jamison)
Hooded Utilitarian: Clybourne Park is Lying to You
The Awl: How Are We to Listen to Classical Music?
Download the Universe: Can the Wonders of the Universe Fit on an iPad?
The Awl: How Spring Awakening Changed the Business of Musical Theatre
Google Play Editorial: Edan LepuckiMary Roach, Colson Whitehead, Zan RomanoffRivka GalchenElizabeth GreenwoodBrandon Sanderson, Jeff VanderMeer.


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