The Trouble with Nature — Jenny in The New Yorker, online

A lot of people who live in the city like to visit the country to get close to nature. Then, once they are in the country, they find that they needn’t go outdoors to get close to nature. Nature comes right inside, as if to prove some kind of point.

Often, it arrives in the form of gray, nickel-size spiders that have woven their webs in the upper corners of several rooms, and then crawl up and down the walls to start a new web in another corner. Some people get a paper towel and clear away the webs and spiders, but many worry that the spiders will crawl onto their bodies, and so leave the webs and spiders alone, avoiding corners of rooms altogether. Read more.


The Moth: 50 True Stories

moth-coverJenny has a story in The Moth: 50 True Stories, which just hit the New York Times Best Sellers List!

The book has also gotten great reviews in the New York Times Review of Books, The New York Times Sixth Floor Blog, and The Chicago Tribune, where it was an Editor’s Choice. See a complete list of the press for The Moth, and more information.

Buy it at your favorite local bookstore.

Jenny Allen in Kugelmass

Read Jenny’s piece, “Christian Mingle,” in Issue 4 of Kugelmass, a journal of literary humor. You can buy the print or digital versions here.

digtial-cover-4To the One Whom God Meant for Me, Greetings! Abundant thanks for clicking on me! I feel certain that in doing so, you are executing God’s plan for both of us, and I can only hope, after telling you a bit about myself, that you will agree.

The fact that you clicked on my “handle” without my having in- cluded a photo of myself tells me that you are almost certainly the kind of person God has planned for me—a person who likewise feels that photographs are Satan’s handiwork, leading to vainglorious sins such as personal grooming. Read more.

Once More Onto the Beach – in MORE Magazine

“I see it’s bathing suit season again. Time for some of us to pose the question “Is it possible to wear a skirted bathing suit ironically when at the same time you really need the skirt?” And of course, to answer that question: ‘No’.” Bathing suit season. Oooof. Why don’t I just aim a bow and arrow at my head right now? I’m kidding. I’m not going to aim it at my head. I’m going to aim it at my rear end.”

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The Midlife Gal’s Guide to the Oscar Movies—in MORE Magazine

“Happy Academy Awards, ladies! Isn’t it fantastic how many films in the past year starred women over 40, sometimes way over 40? Here are my picks for Best Actress—none of these women has actually been nominated, but who cares. I say it’s never too late for a write-in campaign to acknowledge their contributions to these acclaimed films. Every one of these splendid thespians should win this Sunday!”
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“Dream On…” in Kugelmass

“Your own teenager is not yet in possession of the holy driver’s license, but the friends are, and now all you see is the dust behind the wheels of the friends’ parents’ cars as the children peel out of the driveway at 90 miles an hour, cans of Arizona Iced Tea the size of fire extinguishers in hand, off on their appointed rounds, for which they do not need you anymore.” Check out the third issue of Kugelmass for the full essay.

Jenny Allen in More Magazine

Check out this month’s issue of More Magazine for Jenny’s essay on parties shes loves, and parties she hates. She promises she’s not complaining about your party, so please invite her.

It’s a Noisy, Wonderful World — Good Housekeeping

“Deaf since infancy, Kelly Gilkey couldn’t hear the sounds of rain falling, birdsong, or her children calling from the next room. But now she can—thanks to an amazing surgery.…”
Check out page 59 of the December 2012 print issue of Good Housekeeping for more.

The New Yorker: Bus Advisor

If I decide to make my trip by bus, what time should I get to Port Authority?

The first rule of long-distance bus travel is this: your bus ticket is for a chance at a seat on the bus, not a seat itself. If you arrive fifteen or twenty minutes in advance of your departure—the way you might, say, for a journey by train—the bus will already be full, as buses are routinely oversold, and you will need to wait two or three hours for the next bus. You’ll do best to arrive at Port Authority three to four hours in advance, so you can be at the head of the line at the gate.

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The New Yorker: I’m a Mom

If you’re not a mom, you may not be a bad person, but you are an extraneous person. If there were something great about being a woman who is not a mom, something that added anything to America, if there were even one teeny-weeny example of how the non-moms hold America together the way moms do, Mrs. Romney would mention the childless gals. But she doesn’t, because there isn’t.

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