New book from Jess – out in May 2019!

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

sorry i'm late i didn't want to come

Hello!! Jess here! Some updates since Graduates in Wonderland ended: Rachel moved back to Paris! I’m visiting her TOMORROW via the Eurostar and I will be sleeping on her sofa. I still live in London! I’m still with Sam Singer! I still really like him so it looks like this just might stick! And IRead On >>

I met David Sedaris

Read about it in our first Tiny Letter Newsletter

About ten years ago, I got a letter in the mail when I was living in Australia (the first time). I opened it and all it said was, “I’m so sorry I missed you. – David.” That was it. No other evidence of who it was, except that the return address on the envelope was fromRead On >>

The Graduates on the new Gilmore Girls

we could remain silent no longer

So we know this is super-late, but cut us some slack—they took ten years to get back on the air, we can take a few weeks to process. Of course, we’re talking about the Gilmore Girls re-boot. Gilmore Girls, after all, is so important to us that we used to sneak into the apartment upstairsRead On >>

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Our book is our emails from Beijing to New York, Paris to Beijing, Melbourne to London. But that was before we knew you – and now we want you to be a part of our emails! Get a round-up of our favorite things, what we’re up to, and travel tips, plus any ridiculous wisdom that’s currentlyRead On >>

Michael Phelps and I Have A Lot in Common

But seriously, cupping is terrible

Finally. An excuse to write about Michael Phelps. I wrote about cupping in GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND, because it was possibly the most terrible experience of my life. Here’s an excerpt in my letter from Beijing to Rachel in New York: Anyway, we actually lost a little bit of time together because I got sick. It’sRead On >>

Elves f**k and have better clothes than you

Elf School

  I went to elf school in Iceland and wrote about it for Jezebel: “Every time I see a local ripping off a tourist for some ‘authentic’ experience, I think, ‘Who the hell is going to fall for that?’” Dylan, my ex-roommate, remarked a few months ago over breakfast. “And then I think, ‘Oh wait.Read On >>

Kate Bolick “Spinster” Profile

All by myself: How single women are redefining 'spinsterhood'

When I (Jess) was back home in Texas this summer, I picked up “Spinster” by Kate Bolick at Barnes and Noble, even though I’m not really the target audience. I’d read compelling reviews and wanted to know what the fuss was about. I ended up reading this on the plane back to London – andRead On >>

Bake These Tarts, Bag Your Own Tyrannical King

(includes gluten because kings love gluten)

If you’re always a bridesmaid, never a bride, don’t fret. Attracting the perfect mate is time-consuming and difficult in the best of times. But there’s an easier way, and it dates back to the 16th century. If you’ve been watching Wolf Hall and want that really joyful time in history to be your reality, then this is theRead On >>

Repost: How I Landed My Two Dream Jobs

the rough path from unpaid intern to best job ever and back again

This is the second in an ongoing series in which we interview people who have interesting jobs and get them to tell us how they landed them. They will also reveal how they handled the transition to the real world after graduation — Sometimes to find out what you really want to do with yourRead On >>

Winter Survival: Almanzo Wilder’s Apple Pie

Husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder

There were preserves and jams and jellies and doughnuts. But best of all, Almanzo liked the spicy apple pie, with its thick, rich juice and crumbly crust. He ate two big wedges of the pie. – Farmer Boy, 1933 *The apple pie looked delicious, its homemade lard and flour crust glistening and golden. “Is this one ofRead On >>