I always knew I'd become famous for writing about Mormon comfort food, I just didn't know it would happen so soon. Presenting: My NPR piece about Mormon comfort food, the Doom Boom, and what to eat during the apocalypse.
So excited to share my first piece in Rolling Stone! Last month, I spent four days in the red desert town of Short Creek, where prophet Warren Jeffs ruled over the FLDS--a polygamist offshoot of Mormonism. Jeffs' rule was draconian and his control of the town was total: he directed the police, the local government, the church, and every detail of marriage and family life. Jeffs was convicted for sex crimes several years ago, and now hundreds of ex-FLDS are flocking back to the community they once called home, trying to reconnect with their families and heal from the past. They've also staged the first election in town history. While there, I was struck by how an easily-sensationalized, cultic group was facing so many problems that were similar to those faced by Americans more broadly: fake news, authoritarianism, growing polarization, and the fusion of church and state. Check out my full article here.
It's been over two months since I sent out my self-doubt prompt, and I think about that every day. I feel embarrassed that I haven't written something and sent it out yet, but I always give myself another week. Wait for a day when you feel better, more polished, a voice says in my head. No one wants to read an essay about self-doubt from someone who's actually in the middle of it! And I know it's silly, but I believe that voice. Listening to someone hash through their insecurities is like reading someone's diary—after four or five maudlin sentences you want to snap it shut, certain that emotions are better described at some sort of distance.
But I don't have the benefit of distance.Read More