Michele Lent Hirsch

Michele Lent Hirsch

Essays, journalism, poetry

Writing a book on ladies + bodies, to be published by Beacon Press. Nonfiction/poetry @TheAtlantic @Guardian @Smithsonianmag @PsychToday @RattleMag @BLReview. Co-creator @stopandfrisk project.

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The Guardian

You needn't crave revenge after attacks like those in Paris. I didn't after 9/11 | The Guardian

My op-ed for The Guardian on how surviving terrorism made me want less revenge, not more.

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The Atlantic

What Quarantine Feels Like | The Atlantic

An essay for The Atlantic about my own experience in medical quarantine — and how we sometimes forget the patient is a person.

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Women Under Siege

How one (female) CIA operative would fix our wars

Nada Bakos isn’t allowed to share most of what she learned in the CIA. But after nearly 10 years of working with classified intelligence, she can point squarely to one unfortunate lesson: Rape is used globally as a tool of war, and the United States tends to ignore it.

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Psychology Today

Field Guide To The Yenta | Psychology Today

Sizing up matchmakers and meddlers.

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Smithsonian Magazine

How Bacteria Make This Underground, Awe-Inspiring Cave Shine Gold

What it's like to go caving among special bacteria that even NASA plans to study.

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But How Can You Name What You Don't Have

"The man on the train with the /
casual boner…" A poem of mine in the summer 2015 issue of Rattle.

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NYU School of Medicine

When the Young Woman Wins the Case for Her Lost Husband

My poem in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

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Smithsonian Magazine

Why the Best Way to See Iceland Is by Horse | Smithsonian

Iceland’s landscapes can look post-apocalyptic: endless black volcanic sand, nothing else visible for miles but tall power lines. There are spots with lunar-like craters—then, suddenly, a wild covering of bright-green moss.

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Smithsonian Magazine

Two Eerie Medusa Heads Watch Over Turkey's Waters | Smithsonian

Why the Greek monster stares out from an ancient cistern in Istanbul

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Book Review: Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption ...

A rescue of sorts. A swooping in, a saving.

But that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to frame the whole story that way.

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Smithsonian Magazine

Where to Catch Tulip Mania | Smithsonian

Tulips can clone themselves. What have you done today?

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Psychology Today

Yum's the Word | Psychology Today

Umami-rich foods by any name have always tasted savory. Here, the neuroscience that makes our tongues love pizza, miso — even human breastmilk.

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Smithsonian Magazine

How to Travel by Scent | Smithsonian

Humans can identify and remember 10,000 different smells. Why not be led by your nose?

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Smithsonian Magazine

Tour the World's First Nuclear Power Plant | Travel | Smithsonian

With nothing but tufts of sagebrush lining the road, it could be a normal drive through southwest Idaho. But as the car continues along the narrow strip, it enters a 900-square-mile federal testing site called the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Smithsonian Magazine

What's It Like to Take the First Photos of a New Volcanic Island?

Meet the man who's likely the first human to climb atop this newly-erupted landmass.