mollie chen

editorial director at birchbox. almost always eating or drinking.


Why An Essay Club?


I have what a good friend once dubbed a “doughnut hole” approach to knowledge. I’m constantly consuming information — scrolling through my Twitter stream, skimming the New York Times on my iPad, frantically trying to keep up with The New Yorker — and I tend to get the gist of things, if not the core. “Did you read that piece about the scientist in Boston who is trying to…


Gaming: Homework


After a bit of a delay, the Essay Club will return on June 25th. We’ll be discussing the topic of Gaming, and hopefully doing a little real-time gameplaying. Our moderator is Jamin Warren, the founder of Kill Screen, a video games arts and culture company. They publish a brilliant magazine and website and create exciting events for MOMA and other organizations. Most recently…


Design & Branding: Homework


This Sunday night, the Essay Club will take on the topics of design, branding, and visual identity. (And, since it’s Cinco de Mayo, we’ll also be drinking margaritas.) Our moderator will be Rob Giampietro, principal at Project Projects, a New York-based design studio that is known for its innovative work with clients in art and architecture. Rob has also been a…


Essay Club #1: Recap


Going into last night’s Essay Club, I wasn’t sure how things were going to pan out. In the interest of having the maximum number of participants (26), we had to split the group into three tables, which made for diffuse conversations. People didn’t drink nearly enough (to be fair, it was a Monday night), though they were bullish on the kale salad and beer-braised chicken.…

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On a mission to fill the doughnut hole of knowledge.


Women in Charge: Homework


For our first meeting, the Essay Club will tackle the topic of Women in Charge. Our moderator, the lovely and brilliant Irin Carmon, has heroically whittled the options down to a short selection (listed below) and posed some initial questions. Happy reading!

Essays

Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In (excerpt)


Why An Essay Club?


I have what a good friend once dubbed a “doughnut hole” approach to knowledge. I’m constantly consuming information — scrolling through my Twitter stream, skimming the New York Times on my iPad, frantically trying to keep up with The New Yorker — and I tend to get the gist of things, if not the core. “Did you read that piece about the scientist in Boston who is trying to…