Writer, @mental_floss managing editor, author of Save the Date, a memoir (Riverhead) and a forthcoming YA novel from FSG Children's. jen(at)mentalfloss(dot)com

Uber hates me

theweek.com — There is an unsettling feeling I walk around with daily. It's not important or pervasive or world-altering; it's actually quite silly. But it's still there, a tiny pinprick in my pinpricked moral conscience, a shiver of injustice in an utterly unjust world. It's this: I have a "bad" Uber rating.

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The underappreciated art of saying thanks

theweek.com — On the street the other day, I overheard a woman talking earnestly on the phone as she walked a few feet away from me. I couldn't help listening (in fairness, if you're talking on the street, your conversation is probably fair game for my ears). "I don't know what I'll do," she said.

11 Days in Paradise (With Mom)

cupofjo.com — We've been celebrating the arrival of peak travel season with a series of personal essays from contributing writers. Each post tells the tale of its writer's most unforgettable trip. Here is Jen Doll, who took a tour of Hawaii with a group of 70-year-olds...

The satisfying art of the to-do list

theweek.com — Before I wrote this article, I wrote a to-do list. Well, actually, I revised my existing to-do list. I crossed off a few things and added a few others, and then I rewrote the whole thing on a clean sheet of paper in blood-red Sharpie, my current favorite way to make a to-do list.

The Long-Lost Books You Loved as a Kid Are Coming Back

thewire.com — There's some very exciting news for Y.A. readers and nostalgists today. Lizzie Skurnick, journalist and author of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading (a great walk down book-memory lane) has a new imprint at Ig Publishing.

I'm a Breakfast Hater

extracrispy.com — "So, what do you like to eat in the morning?" asks an old friend, preparing for my trip to visit her. "We always have cereal, and probably some fruit. I can also make you a smoothie, which is what I usually have. But let me know if you want anything special."

Please cancel your plans with me

theweek.com — "I'm not feeling so well," read a recent text message from a friend. "Would you mind postponing our drinks?" Would I mind? No, I would not mind. In fact, I would be delighted to postpone.

How Often Do Air Conditioners Fall Out of NYC Windows and Kill People?

villagevoice.com — Ah, New York City in the summer! Generally, we really do love it, despite the on-the-way-to-work sweatiness and fish-in-an-old-sweat-sock smells. But with summer comes air conditioners, and with air conditioners come inept installations into apartment windows, and with inept installations come the occasional, every so often, reports that an air...

You're using that action verb wrong

theweek.com — I have been doing quite a lot of running, jumping, and grabbing lately. But before you assume that I've embarked on an aggressive new fitness routine, let me assure you: I haven't gone on a light jog in months, and a full-out sprint is but a distant middle-school memory.
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Jul 29, 2016

Overheard in midtown: "it's a movement. It's a movement the kardashians started."

Jul 29, 2016

RT @taffyakner: A thing I always loved about @HillaryClinton is that she was the only person in the room to put her hand over her mouth while OBL was killed

Jul 29, 2016

for extra thrills in your daily life, write unintelligible things in your calendar and then try to figure out what you meant!

Jul 29, 2016

RT @EricHolthaus: Primaries showed @HillaryClinton is willing to adopt more ambitious stance on climate. Campaigners need to keep at it, but VOTE FOR HER, TOO

Jul 29, 2016

RT @EricHolthaus: Something that shouldn’t need saying but apparently does: @HillaryClinton’s climate plan is better than @realDonaldTrump’s.

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