Journalism

I write about culture, urbanism, agency around health, and how technology is changing the way we live. Get in touch to work with me: jessica.furseth@gmail.com

Urbanism + City Life

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* Sound and the city – Curbed / Vox
* How terrazzo made its staggering comeback – Curbed / Vox
* Inside London’s secret ‘love hotels’ – Huck Magazine
* After gentrification, Hackney Wick finds hope in collaboration – The Wick 
The colour of your city – Curbed / Vox
Chasing ghost signs – Hazlitt
* On scent, memory, and Lush, the smelliest shop in town – Racked / Vox
Why urban creatives flock to Fjallraven and other heritage brands – Quartz
* How Crossrail is changing the face of London – OnOffice Magazine
* How did we get a reef of wet wipes in the river Thames? – Vice (part of the ‘Save Yourselves‘ climate crisis campaign)
* The last graffiti on the Lord Napier in Hackney Wick – Garage / Vice

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‘The Disappearing City’ at Huck Magazine, my series about the changing urban landscapes of London:
A trip down Greek Street, old Soho’s final frontier
* Raves and resistance: The hidden history of King’s Cross
* The lost freedoms of East London’s strip pubs
* Meanwhile, a garden: The fight to save London’s green spaces
* The last glory days of Hackney Wick
* The uncertain future of London’s queer spaces
* Eel Pie Island: How an island in the Thames became a hedonistic hideaway
* The curse of the British pub refurbishment
* Welcome to the Villages of London: Urban life during the coronavirus lockdown
* How lockdown reignited our love of indie bookshops

Technology + Internet Culture

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* The Big Picture: What we lost in the wilderness years of photo storage –  “Finding CTRL” (a project by Nesta and the EU’s Next Generation Internet initiative)
Wearing your noise-cancelling headphones on ‘silent’ is a modern life hack – The Guardian (I also talked about this story on BBC Radio 4)  
* Our fridges, ourselves: On home tech, culture shock, and expat life – Curbed / Vox
* Meet Ai-Da, the arts robot powered by artificial intelligence – Kinfolk
* How I learned to stop worrying and love gaming – The Guardian
* What lockdown can teach us about the future of work – BusinessLife
* The covert ways young people stalk their victims online – Broadly / Vice (Part of the award-winning Unfollow Me anti-stalking campaign)
* How listmaking apps help share the emotional labour of daily life – The Guardian
* ‘Like’ if you support my divorce – The Outline
* How ‘Africa’ by Toto became the internet’s favourite song – Motherboard / Vice
* Meet the people who give themselves DIY tattoos – The Debrief
Brixton Pound: How fintech boosts the local currency agenda – FusionWire
* The case for making a digital will – BusinessLife
* The hottest little bank in town is an app called Mondo – FusionWire
* Tech City’s bright young things: Meet James Gill, 21, CEO – Square Mile Magazine
* The Megabuyte Interviews: Talking shop with the leading lights of UK technology CEOs, Chairmen and investment pros – CEO Hub at Megabuyte

Health

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* The wild, necessary world of online advice for UTI pain – The Cut / New York Magazine
* The BRCA gene, and living with the cancer you may never get – Elemental by Medium 
* Maybe, someday: On Lynch Syndrome, and the genetic diagnosis waiting game
* When women aren’t given pain relief for invasive gynae procedures – Broadly / Vice (I also talked about this story on the Vice Guide to Right Now podcast)
* On the misplaced shame of ‘everyday’ PTSD – Tonic / Vice
The hidden sexual side effects of pre-cervical cancer treatment – Tonic / Vice
* How Birkenstock convinced us the breaking-in pain is worth it – Racked / Vox
* A brief history of women’s hair, and the tie that sets us free  
* How preventative botox became a form of ‘self care’ – Vice
* Meet the seniors who CrossFit – Elemental by Medium
* The science behind elderberry, Twitter’s favourite cold cure – Outside Magazine

Essay + Commentary

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* On the English Museum of Rural Life, Brexit, and life on a damp island – The Outline
* My house was my marriage – Curbed / Vox
* How two cynical divorcees embraced the relationship contract – The Cut / New York Magazine
What do you do with a 20% chance of cancer? – BuzzFeed Longform
* Half-lifes: On citizenship – Popula
What it means to belong to London in times of Brexit – Catapult
* How a sun lamp can help keep your head above water in winter – Refinery29
* The one piece of advice from my mother that changed how I date – Stylist
* On accents and belonging – Human Parts by Medium
* The new dating rules in the age of Tinder – Vice
* On being a couple that looks like each other – Refinery29
* From Franco to Brexit: The surprising politics of time zones – Prospect Magazine
* Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project at the Tate Modern – Lionheart Magazine
* On Star Trek Voyager, a lost year, and the things that pull you out of the fire – Catapult
* Everything and its opposite: Interview with Kathryn Joseph – Oh Comely
* The promise of a postcard – The Simple Things
* This old thing: On fashion lost in translation – White Noise
* On the real hippie trail in San Francisco – Viator
* Why the blowout honeymoon was worth it – Refinery29
* Why we go back to Groundhog Day again and again – Prospect Magazine
* On synchronicity – Lionheart Magazine
* What do your tattoos mean? On a public, private statement – Refinery29
* How to fix a leak in your bathroom – The Billfold
* Schrodinger’s Cancer – Catapult

Food + Drinks Culture

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Pints at dawn: The last days of London’s earlyhouse drinking culture – The Guardian
* One man’s quest for the perfect bacon – Extra Crispy
* Pour me: On red wine, a perfect wine bar, and a deranged affection – Lionheart Magazine
* Meal replacements are booming. But can we get over the taste? – Outside Magazine
Why London is full of old pubs with secret Thai kitchens – Out of Office by Mic
* Vegan fish and chips carries the fusion tradition in East London – Out of Office by Mic
* How cast iron became the manliest tool in the kitchen – Vice
* Why a Reverse Vending Machine network won’t fix our runaway plastic bottle habit – Vice (part of the ‘Save Yourselves‘ climate crisis campaign)
* The Cornish Pasty is always there for you in times of need – Extra Crispy
* Why airport food is so terrible (everywhere but London) – CityMetric
* When London’s pubs were full at 7am – Atlas Obscura
* On prepping for a no-deal Brexit – The Goods / Vox

Norway

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* The art of imitation: My family’s favourite fake painting – Hazlitt
* In Norway, the official fourth meal is breakfast at night – Extra Crispy
How do you preserve a language while still letting it grow? – Hazlitt
* How Scandinavian pragmatism created the ultimate cheese tool – Taste
Why Norwegians love their country’s strict alcohol policy – Tonic / Vice
* The heartache of being European in Brexit Britain – New Statesman
Å, Norway: A remarkably unremarkable tourist attraction – Popula
* Notes on a small election – The London Review of Books
* Why are there two distinct ways of writing Norwegian? – Literary Hub
* Lighthunting in Norway during the coldest of winter – This Recording
On brown cheese, and beautifully boring memories – Roads & Kingdoms