No one was more surprised than poet Maggie Smith that writing herself a daily pep talk during the unraveling of her marriage actually helped her feel better. Now, Smith's "Keep Moving: The Journal" inspires those who are struggling to write through their own challenges.
A selection of Jessica DuLong’s interview-based articles published in print and online media.
Millions of Americans are grieving loved ones taken by Covid-19. Yet even outside of a pandemic — with its staggering losses of lives, homes, economic security and normalcy — grief is hard work. "The funny thing about grief is that no one ever feels like they're doing it the right way," ...
With chapters on loving yourself, yoga poses, cultural appropriation, "white guilt" and more, Jessamyn Stanley's "Yoke" explores the "yoga of the everyday," applying lessons learned on the mat to the challenges of living.
Even nonphysicists who have been stuck in endless lockdown loops are increasingly aware of a different sort of time, dubbed "Blursday." Is quarantine revealing time's less linear and more authentic plastic, elastic nature? Author Susanne Paola Antonetta weighs in.
Author Anna Malaika Tubbs unearthed groundbreaking material about Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin -- the mothers of MLK Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin -- who've gone remarkably unrecognized despite their significant contributions to history. Tubbs shares how their stories have informed her own journey as a Black mom
A Q&A with Mary-Frances Winters, whose "Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body and Spirit," documents measures concerning economics, criminal justice and education, as well as the physical and mental health of Black Americans. Winters illuminates the myriad dire consequences of living while Black in the US.
Interview with author Emma Brown, whose new book, "To Raise A Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood," reveals that dismantling rigid concepts of masculinity is the next step toward true social progress on gender.
In "What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness — Lessons from a Body in Revolt" Tessa Miller shares life lessons she absorbed while learning to grieve the self she'd once been and the future she might have had en route to accepting who she was.
Following the January 6 insurrection, Elizabeth Catte, author of "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia" and Leah Hampton, author of "F*ckface," discuss the dangers of depictions of America's rural denizens as a monolithic body of right-wing White racists.
Susan Shapiro, author of "The Forgiveness Tour: How to Find the Perfect Apology," shares the four essential elements of a full apology. She offers more nuanced alternatives to issuing — or asking for — blanket absolution.
When she began writing her new book, "Keep Moving," poet Maggie Smith had no idea how much the world would be suffering by the time it came out. Her "notes to self" have resonated deeply with many struggling to grieve our own mid-pandemic losses.
"Girls Who Build," released today, is by Katie Hughes, who founded the Girls Build nonprofit after getting frustrated at being the only woman on construction work sites. She started teaching classes to girls ages 8-14, on how to drill, saw, and weld.