Essays

Sylvia Plath’s Legacy

For someone who has only read her biography and never read any of Sylvia Plath’s actual poetry, I spend an awful lot of time thinking about her. That’s because I…

Confessions of a Worrywart

While reading Susan Orlins’s poignant memoir, I was reminded continuously of the catchphrase from the late ’60s and early ’70s feminist movement: “The personal is political.” The specifics of Orlins’s life…

The Subway Run-In

Sometimes when you go through a rough phase in your life, something happens to show you that the phase has ended and you’ve moved on. I’ve just had this experience…