Category Culture

Rosemary Kennedy and the Legacy of Mental Illness

As a young girl in the early 1900s, Rosemary Kennedy—the eldest daughter of the auspicious Kennedy family—was beautiful, affectionate, and mild-mannered. But her life story pivots on what became perhaps the centuryc’s most chilling manifestation of the fear, shame, and ignorance that surrounds mental health: the lobotomy. Read Elizabeth’s full story on VICE.

A Dance Takes Shape From Pringle of Scotland’s Archives

“Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story,” which looks back on the brand’s distinctly Scottish roots and opened for the first time at London’s Serpentine Gallery during London Fashion Week, arrives today in the fashion house’s home country at the National Museum of Scotland. Operating out of mills in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick […]

Dismissive of ‘Rape Culture,’ a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against ‘Sensitivity’

Judith Shulevitz’s cri de coeur in Sunday’s New York Times against the “self-censorship” she believes is stifling intellectual debate in American universities due to the supposed heightened emotional fragility of today’s students should appall anyone who cares about or believes in mental health. In her article, Shulevitz equates passionate advocates for gay rights and abortion rights with rape survivors, […]

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: The Joan Didion Documentary’s Pioneering Approach to Collaborative Filmmaking

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Joan Didion writes to open one of her many seminal essays, “The White Album.” “We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social and moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of multiple choices. We live […]

A Conversation with Launching Creative on Working All Over the World

I had the good fortune to speak recently with Launching Creative founder Nik Parks about working and living from all over the world in this digital age, in which work is often done remotely on a freelance contract. Check out our conversation here.  

9 Innovative Ways to Streamline Email Into Your Workday

Don’t you wish you spent more time with your email? Didn’t think so. A study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that “knowledge workers” — managers, salespeople, scientists and others whose jobs consist primarily of interactions — spend 28% of their time answering emails. This means managing your inbox can boost your productivity in a big way. […]

How to Become a Successful Freelancer in 6 Months

I’ve worked alongside a beach in Malaysia. I’ve taken yoga classes at 2 p.m. because I felt like it. And no, I don’t have a huge savings account (yet!) or a trust fund. I’m a freelancer. Two years ago, I made the leap after two incredible office jobs in the publishing world: First as an editorial […]