Jess Zimmerman, Electric Literature

Jess Zimmerman

Electric Literature

New York, United States

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Past articles by Jess:

Why Is Everyone Suddenly Obsessed With Sourdough?

Robin Sloan, author of "Sourdough," demystifies our quarantine fixation—and explains what we can learn from lactobacilli → Read More

This Is All My Fault

I can't stop thinking about a sci-fi novel where a woman has to choose between personal and global ruin → Read More

This Is the Backstory You Need to Understand Cats (2019)

For starters: it's actually dystopian science fiction → Read More

Everything We Learned About Women's Anatomy from Male Authors

Wait, you think women keep their credit cards WHERE? → Read More

The Towering Influence of Leonard Cohen

Almost three years after his death, the singer-songwriter can still teach us something about what writing is for → Read More

What’s a Book That Changed Your Mind?

One of the things I’m proudest of, as a writer, is that I have personally broken up at least two marriages. Not on purpose! I barely knew these people at the time. But I wrote an essay about my own… → Read More

Play Along with Our Read More Women Literary Trivia

We asked these questions at our event for PEN America’s LitCrawl NYC, and now you can play along at home! → Read More

What Does Your Favorite Shakespeare Play Say About You?

Figure out your personality problems according to the DSM (Diagnostic Shakespeare Manual) → Read More

Get Bombed on 'Handmaid's Tale' Wine to Forget that There's 'Handmaid's Tale' Wine

"Offred" and "Ofglen" varietals are only the latest in disturbing Handmaid merchandise → Read More

Course Catalog from the Jonathan Franzen Night School

In honor of Jonathan Franzen's retirement, here's a humor piece nobody else would publish because it was too mean. → Read More

The Torturer's Horse –

A W.H. Auden poem from 1938 has a lot to teach us about how we react to the separation of immigrant families today → Read More

What's a Book You Misunderstood? –

For Novel Gazing, send us your literary revelations. Submissions are open May 15–June 1. → Read More

Why Every Celebrity You Know Has Been Seen Reading Samantha Irby’s ‘Meaty’

Through the power of Photoshop, the author is getting her book into the hands of celebs from Oprah to Jon Snow → Read More

7 Literary Mashups We Need Somebody to Write Right Now

If you’re having trouble finding new ideas, remember: there are plenty of old ones you can smush together! → Read More

What’s a Book That Made You Fall in Love? –

For Novel Gazing, send us your stories about literary love affairs — romantic or otherwise → Read More

Trump, Oprah, Zaphod Beeblebrox: Why We Love Celebrity Overlords

What “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” can teach us about entertainer presidents — and why they won’t work in this universe → Read More

Trump, Oprah, Zaphod Beeblebrox: Why We Love Celebrity Overlords

I t probably started with Ronald Reagan, the actor-turned-president—or, if you take Douglas Adams’ word for it, the terrifyingly dangerous extraterrestrial-origin synthetic person. Reagan didn’t jump right from Hollywood to the presidency; he spent a long time as governor of California, and even as an actor he was also a union leader. (Ironic, huh? He … → Read More

When Bad Men Define Good Art –

We talk about separating art from artist, but many of the accused abusers aren’t creators—they’re gatekeepers → Read More

A Mattress Company is Launching Its Own Print Magazine

We thought print was dying, but apparently it’s just going to sleep → Read More

Help A Confused Artificial Intelligence Learn to Write the Perfect First Line

Janelle Shane’s neural network is trying to start a novel, but like human writers, it’s only as good as what it reads → Read More