Writer, @mental_floss contributing editor. My first book, Save the Date, is out now from Penguin/Riverhead. Photo by Sarah Shatz. jen(at)mentalfloss(dot)com

4 Times To Stop Oversharing The Details Of Your Sex Life

self.com — Recently, I met up with a friend for wine and cheese. After a few minutes, she leaned across the table. "So, tell me about this guy you're dating!" she said. Honestly, I'd been wanting to spill some details since we settled in-about that romantic vacation we took last month, his prowess at cooking risotto, our nine-year age difference.

‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here,’ by Patrick Ness

nytimes.com — At my typical public high school in an average-size town, I was surrounded by a lot of kids just like me - that is to say, no one had any special powers. There were no vampires. No witches. No werewolves or shape shifters or zombie fighters.
Nov 06, 2015

I reviewed the fantastic new book by @patrick_ness for the New York Times. Spoiler: it is fantastic. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/boo…

Nov 07, 2015

RT @nytimesbooks: "The Rest of Us Just Live Here" plays with Y.A. formulas, keeping the supernaturally special teenagers in background nyti.ms/1WGFIpK

The Singular 'They' Must Be Stopped

thewire.com — Let's talk about something. Let's talk about the "singular" they. That's when a writer or a speaker - a he or a she - is discussing someone who might be either a he or a she (it's unknown, or the writer doesn't intend to make a subject or object gender-specific and instead hopes to convey a universality of personhood).

The joy of traveling alone

theweek.com — Years ago, I dated a man who was forever going on about the virtues of traveling alone - how freeing it was, how interesting, how much better than, ugh, going somewhere with another human. I found this mildly insulting (why didn't he want to go anywhere with me!?).

Embrace your clutter

theweek.com — If Marie Kondo, world-famous neatness guru and best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up , came to my apartment, I imagine she would stare aghast at its horrors, frozen and unable to move, transfixed by my tiny coffee table that's piled high with books, magazines, my to-do list, and, at the moment, two different glasses of things I'm drinking.

Down with standing desks!

theweek.com — The other day, I walked into an office. One man towered above the rest of the employees, who were busily pushing papers around their desks and talking on phones and inputting information into computers. At first glance it appeared that this man might be about to head out to get lunch, or perhaps stomp into a meeting and demand a significant raise.

When a wedding is better without a date

washingtonpost.com — Welcome to Wedding Guest Wednesday, a feature in which Solo-ish explores the joys and woes of attending other people's weddings. Because it's not all about the happy couple - it's a big day for guests as well. I have been to a lot of weddings, 32 by my count.

Unconventional New York Weddings

refinery29.com — Like many women, I have been to a lot of weddings - so many, in fact, that I even wrote a book, Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, about my varied wedding attendances: from low-key City Hall nuptials with a dive bar afterparty to the destination wedding in

New York's Worst Apartments Have a Tumblr

thewire.com — It is a dreary, rainy, plodding sort of day in New York City. (Or at least it feels that way to me.You too?) But hold on a minute, there's a fantastic Tumblr to take the edge off of your pain.

The Surprising Behavior That Actually Rekindles Love

huffingtonpost.com — Enter uncertainty, that confusing, charged state that keeps us on our toes -- which, it turns out, can be a pretty good start to a budding romance. It even has a supporting role to play in long-term relationships, and in life. So how can you use uncertainty (without abusing it)?
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Dec 01, 2015

@taffyakner I have also started to find men in pharmaceutical commercials attractive so I can't trust myself

Dec 01, 2015

Controversial opinion: Harry Hamlin with glasses is the hottest Harry Hamlin

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