Chelsea Martin continues to prove herself the preeminent chronicler of Internet age malaise and I fucking love it. Mickey takes her provocative poetry long form, weaving the tangled tale of a breakup that shouldn't be as confusing as it is. This has replaced Anne of Green Gables as my cozy times reading. Who the fuck knows what that says about me, but it says a LOT about the power of Chelsea's writing.
As noted before, I love a biography of a 20th century brassy dame. Brooke Hauser's new book, Enter Helen, about pioneering Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, fits that bill beautifully. Gurley Brown is not an uncomplicated figure by modern feminist standards—her options on male/female relationships are, let's say, retro—but her true transformation from impoverished Arkansas "mouseburger" to the most powerful woman in media is deeply inspiring. Hauser doesn't just paint a moving and entertaining portrait of Gurley Brown, she also does a wonderful job contextualizing HGB against the backdrop of a changing American culture and the sexual revolution of the 1960s. A must-read piece of proto-feminist history.