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

How to Find Your 'It's Gonna Snow This Weekend!!!' Boyfriend

villagevoice.com — Have you heard!? In the first notable time since October-snow, there is supposed to be white stuff on the ground, flakes in the sky, frozen precipitation swirling about our nubile bodies and landing on our rosy cheeks and making everything look temporarily clean and crisp and pure, denoting absolutely perfect...

I promise: no one dies alone because they didn't kiss on New Year's Eve

theguardian.com — There's a certain social-romantic tyranny that persists with regard to the holidays of our lives, from birthdays to Valentine's Day to even Halloween. And the biggest, baddest, most socially stressful holiday of all is New Year's Eve: it's the wedding of holidays; the one that, even if you eschew all the rest, you have to go all-in for; the one with the biggest price point; the one that requires napkins with special sayings.

The Bizarre True Story Behind “The Talented Mr. Ripley”

mentalfloss.atavist.com — Early one morning in the summer of 1952, Patricia Highsmith awoke in a room at the Albergo Miramare hotel in Positano, Italy. The 31-year-old author had been traveling through Europe with her girlfriend, Ellen Blumenthal Hill, and the two weren't getting along. Leaving Hill in bed, Highsmith walked to the end of a balcony overlooking the beach.
Dec 07, 2015

"Everybody's got their inner psychopath" -- The Bizarre True Story Behind “The Talented Mr. Ripley” mentalfloss.atavist.com/the-bizarre-tr…

Selena Gomez on first time 'I was able to trust myself'

nydailynews.com — At 23, Selena Gomez has held down a career for longer than a lot of full-fledged adults -- and, not to rub it in, one that has been far more ­successful. Despite having worked since ­childhood -- she landed a Barney & Friends in 2002, role at the age of 10 -- the former Disney star says, "I still feel like I'm the girl from Texas.

Selena Gomez on Trusting Herself, Lupus, Growth as an Artist

billboard.com — At 23, Selena Gomez has held down a career for longer than a lot of full-fledged adults -- and, not to rub it in, one that has been far more ­successful. Despite having worked since ­childhood -- she landed a Barney & Friends in 2002, role at the age of 10 -- the former Disney star says, "I still feel like I'm the girl from Texas.

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.
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