Abigail Weil

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Abigail Weil is a culture writer currently working on a book about Jaroslav Hašek. Her essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Alma, Contingent Magazine, and Serious Eats. She lives in Philadelphia with her cat, Schmutzy.


Cover Photo: A screenshot of Chris Farley from a Saturday Night Live sketch. He is standing in a living room, wearing a checkered blazer, tie, and heavy black glasses, and leaning over to speak to someone emphatically.
Chris Farley Taught Me to Laugh and to Grieve

Only now, with my adult eyes, am I able to perceive the pathos in his performances and the potential he never had the chance to fulfill.

Dec 01, 2022
Cover Photo: A screencap of the characters Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski, a high school–aged blonde boy and brunette girl, holding hands and wearing matching jerseys that say "husband" and "wife." Zack's jersey is red and Kelly's is dark purple.
Strange Lessons in Sex and Power from ‘Saved By the Bell’

As a preteen, I’d absorbed this dynamic—a teen girl dating adult men—as totally normal because it was embedded in the show’s wholesome package.

Jul 13, 2021