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 'A Wrinkle in Time' Changed Sci-Fi Forever

mentalfloss.com — Madeleine L'Engle sat in front of her typewriter in the Tower, her private workspace in her family's isolated, 200-year-old Connecticut farmhouse. It was her 40th birthday-November 29, 1958-and she was at a crossroads. Though she had published five novels since her mid-twenties, she was far from a household name, and lately she was having trouble selling her work.
Jul 28, 2015

I wrote about Madeleine L'Engle and A Wrinkle in Time for the latest issue of @mental_floss and here it is online m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id…

Jul 28, 2015

RT @thisisjendoll: I wrote about Madeleine L'Engle and A Wrinkle in Time for the latest issue of @mental_floss and here it is online m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @thisisjendoll: I wrote about Madeleine L'Engle and A Wrinkle in Time for the latest issue of @mental_floss and here it is online m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id…

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Are You Really In The Right Relationship?

yahoo.com — The one sign that you're meant for the long haul. (Photo: Getty) In the past few months, I've gone out with several men, each with his own way of communicating. There was the guy who responded to every question with "That's a good question!"-whether he answered it or not.

13 Things You Might Not Know About Comedian Aasif Mandvi

mentalfloss.com — From Disney to The Daily Show, and beyond. 1. I used to watch Happy Days on TV. I wanted to be the Fonz. I also saw this movie, Bugsy Malone, with kids playing gangsters. I remember thinking, "That looks like the coolest thing in the world." It was a light-switch moment for me.

Pop Up Chapel Will Marry 24 Same-Sex Couples Today in Central Park

villagevoice.com — Today, the first Saturday after gay marriages began in New York City, 24 same-sex couples will marry in Central Park at Merchant's Gate, on the corner of 59th Street and Central Park West. The Pop Up Chapel was an idea born among friends -- including local software developer Josh French,...

12 Things to Know About Merriam-Webster Lexicographer Kory Stamper

mentalfloss.com — As a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, Kory Stamper defines new words (a personal favorite? mosh) and updates old ones. She explains what it takes to become a word, why angry letters are also inspiring, and how a day in the life of a dictionary editor includes both death threats and marriage proposals.

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A Single Girl's Guide to Surviving Wedding Season in 9 Easy Steps

elle.com — Yesterday I received an email entitled, " The Single Folks' Guide to Surviving Wedding Season." This particular message seemed extremely relevant to my interests due to three important facts: 1. I'm a single gal. 2. Wedding season is nigh, and... 3.
May 26, 2015

Wherein your pal writes for your other pal re: the very thing you spent your weekend doing @BDtoDrBD @leahchernikoff elle.com/life-love/a285…

Why I Love to Use Condoms

marieclaire.com — Throughout my teenage years, condoms seemed unsophisticated, even downright silly: a rubber penis hat kept in men's wallets, pulled out under cover of night for furtive acts. In college, went on the Pill and only slept with committed boy- friends.

Say It To My Face 4: Confronting the Comments Section

10 Things to Know About Grammy-Nominated Pianist Vijay Iyer

cms.mentalfloss.com — "Jazz musician" is just the beginning with Vijay Iyer, who was getting his graduate degree in physics while working as house pianist at a club in Oakland. Since then, he's released 20 albums, including the latest, Break Stuff, with the Vijay Iyer trio. He's also a Harvard professor and a 2013 MacArthur Genius.
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Aug 01, 2015

Problem with killing lions (or killing anything): if you're killing to fill the hole in your heart, it's a hole too big to fill with lions

Jul 31, 2015

RT @mariskreizman: Worst advice I got when I was single was "just put yourself out there." Sit on the couch and drink wine on the couch by yourself is OK, too.

Jul 31, 2015

Overheard: "most people stand [at a desk] as a health thing. For you it's like an alpha male thing."

Jul 30, 2015

RT @BookCourt: Tonight at 7pm: Adam Resnick, @thisisjendoll & @mrdavehill are here reading Will Not Attend and Save the Date! http://t.co/B…

Jul 30, 2015

Attempting to convince Adam Resnick that going to weddings is fun tonight at @BookCourt also wearing a dress w raspberries on it DO COME

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