Molly Crabapple Shares a Few of Her Favorite Media Things

For Pacific Standard's new feature "Guest Programmer."

When Pacific Standard recently redesigned and expanded its culture coverage, for both print and digital, it added a feature called “Guest Programmer,” where selected participants highlight their media diet. For the July/August issue kick-off, the participant was filmmaker-turned-arts-management consultant Joelle Dobrow. And for the September/October issue, the sharer is journalist Molly Crabapple.


For each of the categories, there is a brief description of the highlighted item followed by an explanation from the programmer of the “Why:” behind their selection. Here for example is how Crabapple underlined to feature compiler Katie Kilkenny her website choice, Tits and Sass, which is written for and by sex workers:

“There was this one piece by Peech, who is an extraordinary writer as well as, like Maya Angelou herself, a black former sex worker, after Angelou died that was so beautifully written. It was about how Angelou had been a sex worker, how she had never denied it or tried to hide it, and how this part of her had been erased as she became respectable.”

Up next in the Guest Programmers series will be author Alexander Chee. And, in 2017, Pacific Standard will increase its publishing frequency from six to eight print issues per year.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.