I get the desire to take comfort in cheerful stories of women’s triumph, from Ocean's 8 to On the Basis of Sex. But in 2018, I haven’t found them very comforting.
Romance writer Alyssa Cole on the books that gave her all the chemistry, banter, tension, and feels that she's looking for.
These BuzzFeed News stories show how the rise of the #MeToo movement has changed the US — and how far we still have to go.
I am usually energized by arguing, by getting aggressive, by putting a name or a face to an enemy, online or otherwise. Not this year.
A high school athletic trainer claimed his unorthodox treatments would change players’ lives. Dozens of victims say school officials, including one who’s now a state lawmaker, kept “Doc’s” secrets.
Each month this year, we asked writers like Meg Wolitzer, Tayari Jones, and Sloane Crosley what they’ve been reading. Here are their picks.
Our favorite memoirs, essay collections, and reporting from the year, presented in no particular order.
The reality of Silicon Valley is that it’s commerce by any means necessary. And the reality of Sandberg is that she’s excellent at it.
This year’s breakout teen movies, like To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Love, Simon, reglamorized old tropes for a new audience.
This year was bad, but at least the movies were good. Here are my favorites.
From The Walking Dead to True Detective, this year was replete with bad wigs that suggested a casual disregard for black people’s interiority.
The author, activist, and former mommy blogger has been encouraging her mostly white fans to speak up and empower themselves. What happens when her new advice is to shut up, listen, and let women of color lead the way?
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, former US poet laureate’s new collection, Monument, feels timely, but she’s been reckoning with America’s sins for decades.
Our favorite novels and short story collections, presented in no particular order.
In this excerpt from Oyinkan Braithwaite’s novel My Sister, the Serial Killer, Korede starts to suspect that her sister Ayoola isn’t the victim she claims to be.
When I was a teenager, Francine Pascal’s iconic series was an escape to a destination that I already knew my way around.
With the end of adult content on Tumblr, people whose identity, sexuality, or interests fall outside the mainstream have lost one more online space to find ourselves.
The best kids’ TV activates something that becomes an orienting beacon for the rest of our lives. That’s what the math show Square One did for me.
Growing up, 7th Heaven offered me wholesome Christian comfort. But then I saw myself in queer shows like South of Nowhere, in which the Christian grown-ups weren’t saviors.
The 1998 rom-com believed that the internet could be used for something beautiful.
Reviewers dismissed Jones’ first two albums as Starbucks music, but there’s no denying how popular they were.
In this excerpt from The Friend, the protagonist recalls teaching a writing workshop at a center for victims of human trafficking.
"So here I am / lying next to my husband, / children tucked into their bunks, / divorce papers nesting / in a printer on 138th"
Women's rage is in the spotlight in three of 2018's most thrilling novels: Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand, Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister, the Serial Killer, and Adrienne Celt's Invitation to a Bonfire.
I may never get better at cooking, but I will follow these chefs to the ends of the earth.
The Favourite and The Death of Stalin are dark historical comedies that work as funhouse mirrors, reflecting back warped shapes that look a little more recognizable than we'd like.
Romance, biography, manga, and so much more.
She embodies this surrealist thing of, like, “WHAT IF…you were elected to Congress? What would happen next? What would you do?”
My brother lives in Paradise, California. For five hours on November 8, while wildfire devoured the town, I had no idea if he was alive or dead.
As a reader, it’s easy to gloss over the violence and chaos in Ferrante’s story of two girls growing up in mid-century Naples. Onscreen, it’s much more urgent.