Featuring Elif Batuman, Carla Blumenkranz, Kristin Dombek, Emily Gould, Elizabeth Gumport, Amanda Katz, Sara Marcus, Dawn Lundy Martin, Sarah Resnick, Namara Smith, Astra Taylor, and Emily Witt. Edited by Dayna Tortorici.
“I had a serious crush on a guy who said that Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus were the best books ever, so I went to a bookstore, and they were too expensive, so I just got Sexus and Plexus.”
“The summer I moved to New York I found a book of Grace Paley’s short stories on top of a garbage can on East 9th Street. People had been telling me to read her and I had been resisting, I think maybe because she was straight. But I picked it up, and it's a woman and her husband having an argument, and it's like, "And then when we were at the protest meeting that other week you were flirting with that woman. . . ." I just thought, 'This is it! Here it is! You have your relationships and you have your political commitments and in this incredibly marvelous condensed language, and it’s not phony.'”
"One lesson I can share from life is that you should let certain things go unattended to—prioritize and let yourself be, for example, messy. The work is more important than the dirty dishes."