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Jennifer Niesslein

Jennifer Niesslein (@jniesslein) is a writer and editor living in Charlottesville, Virginia; she blogs regularly for VQR. 

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An Open Letter to Jonathan Franzen

September 20, 2013 | Criticism

  Jonathan Franzen at the 2011 Time 100 gala / by David Shankbone   Hi, Jonathan, I read your essay in the Guardian, and, I have to say, I’m worried about your professional legacy. I agree with some of what you had to say, disagre [...]

Like? Whatever: Likability and the Nonfiction Writer

July 11, 2013 | Essays

  bloomua / 123RF Stock Photo   Until my memoir came out, I had no idea how many people did not want to be friends with me. To be fair, I also didn’t know how many people thought they could be friends with me. I’d almost forgott [...]

Writer Friends: The Rules of the Community

April 30, 2013 | Essays

The following post is part of our online companion to our Spring 2013 issue on The Business of Literature. Click here for an overview of the issue. —— We met as fans, which is to say that we read each other’s writing and wished for [...]

My Life As a Movie: The Kelly Howe Story

March 18, 2013 | Interviews

  Quimby / Flickr   Editor’s note: Through March, Jennifer Niesslein (@jniesslein) is contributing interviews with interesting, “ordinary” people, who do extraordinary things worthy of the big screen—to complement o [...]

My Life As a Movie: The Dave and Jeff Hunt Story

March 6, 2013 | Interviews

  Still from from Little Tally J1 video (click to view)   Editor’s note: Through March, Jennifer Niesslein (@jniesslein) is contributing interviews with interesting, “ordinary” people, who do extraordinary things worthy of [...]

My Life As a Movie: The Brames

February 18, 2013 | Interviews

  Flickr / Mordac   Editor's note: Through March, Jennifer Niesslein (@jniesslein) is contributing interviews with interesting, "ordinary" people, who do extraordinary things worthy of the big screen—to complement our Win [...]

My Life As a Movie: The Andrea Walter Story

January 24, 2013 | Interviews

  Ogeid66 / Flickr   Editor's note: Through March, Jennifer Niesslein (@jniesslein) is contributing interviews with interesting, "ordinary" people, who do extraordinary things worthy of the big screen—to complement our Winter [...]

The Sensationalism-to-Get-Buzz Formula

December 5, 2012 | Reporting

  By Ruminatrix / Flickr / Creative Commons   I have no beef with sensationalism in my entertainment. For years now, I’ve been known to wind down with the sort of television that has no reason for existing, no stakes in the real wo [...]

Notes on Selling One’s Identity

November 16, 2012 | Essays

When my son was five months old, my friend Stephanie and I decided to start a magazine about motherhood. I was living then in a town that was known, in equal parts, for its college and for its poultry processing plants (and a little bit for its bus [...]