Cover Photo: Today’s Reading List: Women and Solitude by Morgan Jerkins

Today’s Reading List: Women and Solitude

Narratives from Rebecca Traister, Durga Chew-Bose, Maris Kreizman, and others

Yesterday, we published Helena Fitzgerald The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness,  an essay about a woman living alone. Its been  resonating with our readers, and making me think about the gendered ways that all of us perceive solitude and singleness. For your continued reading pleasure, I’ve gathered some other great essays from women writers on this subject:


1. Rebecca Traister, author of  All The Single Ladies, wrote about turning 30 for ELLE.com

2.  Durga Chew-Bose creates a series of vignettes on living alone for The Hairpin:

                                                                                                                                 The Leftovers by Mamma Anderson, 2006


3. For Brooklyn Magazine, Maris Kreizman details how she found love: by doing absolutely nothing:


4.  Katrina  Kenison, a guest contributor of  On Being,  praises solitude:

Christian Senger


5.  For Aeon, Rhian Sasseen questions  if the hermit life is the ultimate feminist statement:


Morgan Jerkins is a writer and Associate Editor at Catapult.co.  Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Elle, Rolling Stone, and BuzzFeed, among many others. Her debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, is forthcoming in 2018 from Harper Perennial.