A selection of Jessica DuLong’s features, interviews, profiles, essays, and collaborations.

Stop trying to fix yourself

The slogan “Good Vibes Only” makes “a cute saying for a mug but a pretty ominous interpersonal standard,” says Nora McInerny, author of "BAD VIBES ONLY." She suggests honesty and underachievement as goals better suited to reality.

Published October 24, 2022

Long Covid sheds light on chronic illness: A Q&A with Meghan O’Rourke

As Covid-19 infection rates fall, doctors and patients are sifting through the wreckage of symptoms left behind. Poet and author Meghan O'Rourke's call for medical system changes could help people struggling with chronic illness as well as the increasing ranks of those affected by long Covid.

Published March 22, 2022

Do you have ‘eco-anxiety’? Here’s how to find out.

We know changes in the weather and seasons can affect mood, causing run-of-the-mill rainy-day blues and seasonal affective disorder. Now, it's also important to recognize the harmful mental and physical health effects of long-term climate change.

Published January 28, 2022

Untold Stories from the Largest Boat Lift in History

On September 11, 2001, nearly half a million civilians in Lower Manhattan escaped by water when mariners conducted a spontaneous rescue. This was the largest waterborne evacuation in history, but has gone largely untold.

Published September 12, 2021

Writing 9-11: The Costs and Benefits of Saying Yes

“What about another book?” The editor’s email subject line announced her overture. Who would turn down such an offer? Still, I hesitated. She was encouraging me to expand the piece I had published about the spontaneous boat evacuation of nearly half a million people from Manhattan on ...

Published September 11, 2021