Important Essays To Read

This page shares my best articles to read on topics like health, happiness, creativity, productivity and more. The central question that drives my work is, “How can we live better?” To answer that question, I like to write about science-based ways to solve practical problems.

You'll find interesting articles to read on topics like how to stop procrastinating as well as personal recommendations like my list of the best books to read and my minimalist travel guide. Ready to dive in? You can use the categories below to browse my best articles or scroll down to see every post by date and title.

Best Articles by Category

Browse my best articles and essays by category.

Interesting Articles to Start With

Not sure where to begin? These are the five best articles to start with if you'd like to understand my philosophy and approach to life.

  1. The 1 Percent Rule: Why a Few People Get Most of the Rewards in Life
  2. Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
  3. The Paradox of Behavior Change
  4. This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and This Happened
  5. Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More.

All Articles by Date

Scroll down to browse all of my articles by date and title. Articles are listed in reverse chronological order with my newest articles at the top and my oldest essays at the bottom.

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As the VIDA count shows, the ratio of male to female writers published in literary journals, magazines, and book reviews remains largely disproportionate in favor of male writers. In the conversation around this imbalance, some have suggested (among other silly arguments) that women should simply write about more important subjects. The folks over at Creative Nonfiction, the literary magazine that this year celebrates its 20th consecutive year of publication, scoff at this assessment of the situation. In fact, CNF’s current issue, “Female Form,” includes only essays by female writers. While the theme of the issue was initially unintentional, CNF’s editors think this only shows that there are indeed plenty of women writing serious nonfiction; they’re just not getting the serious attention they deserve. Just to hammer the point home, the magazine curated this list of 17 essays by female writers every woman (and man) should read. Check them out after the jump, and if we missed any of your favorites, add them to CNF‘s list in the comments.

“Split at the Root,” Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich was one of the major feminist writers of the 20th century, and throughout her many volumes of poetry and essays, she has voiced the struggles to establish identity — especially female identity. In 1982’s “Split at the Root,” Rich recalls growing up in a Southern, Christian household, and frets over the significance of identifying — as an adult — as Jewish.

Adrienne Rich    Annie Dillard    Cheryl Strayed    Jamaica Kincaid    Joan Didion    Joyce Carol Oates    Maxine Hong Kingston    Virginia Woolf    Zadie Smith

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