Michelle Weber
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  1. The Huntswoman

    Brianne Huntsman’s lifestyle blog is also a political act, because art and fashion are political. “If you’re a plus size babe looking to create a fabulous and luxe wardrobe, who also wants to kick ass in her career – this space is for you!”

    Fashion
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  3. Lorene Scafaria’s ‘Hustlers’ and the Anatomy of the Scam

    “These archetypes give women the extremely confused message that to be truly independent, ambitious, and empowered — and dare we say, feminist — is to perform well in the marketplace of the likeable self. It also gives capitalism, which is superficially unfashionable, a second life: its mercenary logic can take on a socially conscientious sheen.”

    Feminism
  4. Tavola Mediterranea

    Have you ever wanted to eat like an Etrurian? Bake like a Babylonian? 2019 Saveur Blog Award nominee Tavola Mediterranea is the “home of edible archaeology and ancient Roman recipes online.”

    Cooking
  5. Sugar and Charm

    Need cocktail ideas, cupcake inspiration, or a table setting chart for a tea party? Sugar and Charm, a 2019 Saveur Blog Award finalist for “Best Entertaining Blog,” has you covered — and then some!

    Cooking
  6. Juls’ Kitchen

    Take an armchair trip to Tuscany with Giulia and Tommaso, the cooks behind 2019 Saveur Blog Award finalist Juls’ Kitchen. These “Best Food Culture Blog” nominees have been collecting their traditional family recipes online for 10 years.

    Cooking
  7. Anise to Za’atar

    Eric Ritskes’s blog, Anise to Za’atar, is a finalist in the 2019 Saveur Blog Awards — and since it’s nominated in the “Most Groundbreaking Voice” category, you’ll find recipes that explore global techniques and flavors paired with great reads on food history, culture, and justice.

    Cooking
  8. Why We Need a Working-Class Media

    Journalists frequently write about the working class, but is anyone writing for them? Because “[e]conomic hardship does not mean the absence of joy, love, pleasure, duty, care,” and stories — and representation! — are powerful.

    Journalism
  9. How to Know if You Have Turned Old

    “The old have seized the right to feel sure of themselves, content with their life, and at peace with the fact that they just listened to an entire audiobook on shuffle and were no more confused than if they had listened to the chapters in order.”

    Humor
  10. So About What I Said

    When trolls told Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome sufferer Melissa Blake that she was too ugly to post photos on the internet, she responded with selfies — and they went viral. On her blog, she talks about disabilities, lifestyle, and pop culture.

    Lifestyle
  11. Belt Magazine

    As more and more national magazines and website consolidate into big media groups, regional journalists are keeping the investigative and creative fires stoked — like Belt, “a digital publication by and for the Rust Belt and greater Midwest.”

    Journalism
  12. Hijabi Librarians

    This group of librarians works to give voice to Muslim literature and books with Muslim protagonists: “We aim to recognize, celebrate and honor the books and authors that get it right.” As the site’s authors cleverly say, “We’ve got it covered.”

    Books
  13. To The Class of 2019

    Hilde Lysiak, the 12-year-old writer and publisher of the Orange Street News and one of the people on our 2019 “Anything is Possible” list, shares hard-won journalism advice in a commencement speech to the graduating class of the Reed School of Media.

    Journalism
  14. “…Larry grabbed me and asked if I would be writing about him. I told him I could if he wanted me to, but only if he wanted me to. Tears suddenly sprang to his eyes and he said, “As long as you make it beautiful. Because it was. The whole thing. Even the hard parts.”

    Death
  15. Entre Nous: Tressie McMillan-Cottom

    In Barb magazine, founder Marcelle Karp has a wide-ranging conversation with author and professor Tressie McMillan Cottom, on the South, black feminism, being a little petty, and much more.

    Authors