A monthly newsletter of suggested reading to guide you through life’s strange, sublime, sorrowful, singular experiences. (FYI, The Syllabus is now on hiatus.)


What It Is

Five suggestions. Mostly books. For when you find yourself in a situation. Like when you begin to realize that you will someday die. Or when you’ve had your heart broken. Or when you turn forty. (And so on.)


The Archive

The full collection of syllabi. What to feed your mind when you: Have impostor syndrome. Move to the suburbs. Get pregnant. (And so on.)



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