Saturday, April 3, 2010

Venues: "Modern Love" and "Lives"

I've fallen into the trap of wanting every post to be thoughtful and meaningful. But that's not the point of a blog. So in the interest of short, useful-but-not-epic posts, I wanted to highlight two weekly essay sources, both in the New York Times.

Modern Love
Romantic and family relationships. About 1800 words. Here's one I especially liked about dating someone who speaks a different native language than you.

The back page of the magazine. About 750 words. Here's one I especially liked about dealing with a family member's dementia through humor.


  1. You hit on my two favorite things to read in my Sunday New York Times! Probably not a huge coincidence, but at least you know you're in good company.

  2. Hi Tara! Yeah, there aren't many venues where you can read frequent, well-edited, thoughtful essays online. There are a ton in literary magazines, but they are a) often very long b) of varying quality and c) hard to get hold of. Those things shouldn't stop us reading them, but let's just all be honest about the difficulty there.

    I think Lives and Modern Love are of varying quality too, but they are always excellent in some way, since they are culled from a huge slush pile and get editing attention from crack people.

    I also think Lives is sometimes a bit short, even though I prefer short things! What do you think?

    Thanks for commenting!