Vivian Lee

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Vivian Lee is a book editor and writer based in New York. Her work can be found in The Los Angeles Times, Eater, The Rumpus, and more. Follow her on Twitter @vivianwmlee or on the internet at 


Cover Photo: To Grow, To Burn Things Down, To Start Again by Vivian Lee
To Grow, To Burn Things Down, To Start Again

I wanted to quit, to move back to what I knew because the unknown was actually too scary.

May 17, 2021
Cover Photo: Still from Beyoncé's "XO"/Parkwood and Columbia
On the Songs That Make You Feel Strong

“Sexy Results” was my go-to walking anthem. If I was a baseball player, this would have been my entrance song.

Apr 20, 2020
Cover Photo: A childhood photo of the author with her baby cousin, both being embraced by their grandfather
On the Nature of Legacies and Joanna Newsom’s “Sapokanikan”

Who will remember me when I am gone? Will my stories exist beyond my life? And what about the things we already forgot?

Jan 24, 2020
Cover Photo: A spray-painted illustration of Karen O, an Asian American musician and the frontwoman of the band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Taught Me to Break Free from the Model Minority Myth

Being good at working hard felt like a tired routine. Being polite was starting to grate.

Dec 05, 2019
Cover Photo: Cover art for Hole's 1994 album Live Through This, courtesy of DGC Records; photo illustrations by Matt Ortile
As a Woman of Color, I’m Told I Can’t Show Anger—So I Let Courtney Love Do it for Me

Because it’s still more acceptable for white women than it is for women of color to show anger, I scream-sing along to Courtney Love’s rage.

Jan 22, 2019