Heidi Julavits

Heidi Julavits is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and a co-editor, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. She’s a founding editor of The Believer Magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York, where she teaches at Columbia University.

 

We’re taught to find the antecedents to our adult failures in childhood traumas, and so we spend our lives looking bacwards and pointing fingers, rather than bucking up and forging ahead. But what if your childhood was all a big misunderstanding? An elaborate ruse? What does that say about failure? Better yet, what does that say about potential?

 

— Heidi Julavits, The Effect of Living Backwards


ARTICLES FEATURING HEIDI

Our Diaries, Ourselves

Moving fluidly between the trivial and profound, Julavits shows what a diary can do. It’s a vivid counterpoint to Manguso’s serious disavowal of the form....


Into the Wardrobe

Fashion is a way that women speak to the world, not just a result of the way the world speaks to women....


Paranormal Activity

"'The Vanishers' is not a story of happy girliness, and its hue is certainly not pink ... The cover... should probably be pitch black."...

Paranormal Activity


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