Vanessa Willoughby

Vanessa Willoughby is an editor and a writer. Her work has appeared on The Toast, The Hairpin, Bitch, Bookslut, Thought Catalog, and Literally, Darling.

5 Success Books We Think DJ Khaled Would Recommend

Forget the quasi-motivational video of Shia LaBeouf channeling his inner Tony Robbins. If you’re looking for a life coach plucked ...

The Diversity Myth: Where Have All The Black Editors Gone?

Much like this year’s blindingly white selection of Oscar nominees, the overt lack of diverse representation in the publishing world ...

Imitation is Flattery: In Defense of Fanfiction

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

Not Your Typical Music Memoir: Reading HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL

I picked up Carrie Brownstein’s memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl without prior knowledge of her childhood or personal history. Like ...

Books to Keep You Afloat: My Most Important Book of 2015

Dear Brother, There are some books that demand a higher level of consciousness. These books become more than ink and ...

Imitation is Flattery: In Defense of Fanfiction

Fanfiction may seem like low-lying fruit, an effortless jab at aspiring writers with more than a passing interest in a ...

Living Her Best Life: Woman Reads Claudia Rankine’s CITIZEN at Trump Rally

In an awe-inspiring, highly relevant, admirably witty display of civil disobedience, a woman went for viral after she was spotted ...

Black Love and Feminism in THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

In my English and Literature classes, whether they were undertaken at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level, the novels ...

Miss Jordan Catalano? Read the Jessica Darling Series

Earlier this week, LOGO fulfilled my teenage angst nostalgia by running a My So-Called Life marathon. The show, which was ...

THE LOVER by Marguerite Duras is the Anti-LOLITA

Despite its title, The Lover is not a love story. Like Nabokov’s Lolita, older men act on their intense attractions ...

Sylvia Plath and the Faults of Young Love

When it comes to contemplating what constitutes romantic love, I turned to books instead of the fractured family dynamics silently ...

BELOVED (Not American History) Taught Me About the Horrors of Slavery

This is a guest post from Vanessa Willoughby. Vanessa is an editor and a writer. Her work has appeared on The ...

Unpopular Opinion: I Like Marie Calloway

This is a guest post from Vanessa Willoughby. Vanessa is an editor and a writer. Her work has appeared on The ...

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