I’m Jess, a journalist in London. I write about culture, food, internet culture, urbanism and places. I’m pleased to have gone viral writing about bacon, and about ‘Africa’ by Toto.

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Read my latest: If you could prevent your kids from getting the family illness, would you? (Future Human by Medium)  + + + Why is the British citizenship test so weird? (Prospect Magazine) + + +  How we make – and remake – our memories (The Simple Things ) + + + On wild swimming and the instinct to save yourself (Lionheart Magazine)  + + + Into the dark heart of licorice (Eater)

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Selected features:

* How lockdown reignited our love of indie bookshops – Huck Magazine
* The BRCA gene, and living with the cancer you may never get – Elemental by Medium
* The last graffiti on the Lord Napier in Hackney Wick – Garage / Vice
* What we lost in the wilderness years of photo storage –  “Finding CTRL” by Nesta and the EU’s Next Generation Internet initiative
* Sound and the city – Curbed / Vox
* At the pub in lockdown London – October
* How preventative botox became part of “self care” – Vice
* Pints at dawn: The last days of London’s earlyhouse pub culture – The Guardian
* Remembering our Year of Hell – Star Trek
* When women are denied pain relief for invasive procedures – Broadly / Vice
* How random acts of history determined the colours of our cities today – Curbed / Vox
* Raves and resistance: The hidden history of King’s Cross – Huck Magazine
* The wild, necessary world of online UTI cures – The Cut / New York Magazine
* The art of imitation: Tracing down my family’s favourite fake painting – Hazlitt
* A trip down Greek Street, old Soho’s final frontier – Huck Magazine
* The case for wearing your noise-cancelling headphones on ‘silent’ mode – The Guardian
* The hidden sexual side effects of pre-cervical cancer treatment – Tonic / Vice
* The curse of the British pub refurbishment – Huck Magazine
* How terrazzo made its staggering comeback – Curbed / Vox
* How Birkenstock convinced us the breaking-in pain is worth it – Racked / Vox
* How I learned to stop worrying and love gaming – The Guardian
* The best advice I ever got – Elemental by Medium
* Our fridges, ourselves: On home tech and expat life – Curbed / Vox