Ester Bloom

Ester Bloom

Writer, editor

Pop culture, politics, literature, highly personal finance, business, feminism

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Daisy, You’re a Drip, Dear: Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby lindy-hopped away with over 50 million dollars this past weekend and inspired New York's Kathryn Schulz to put together a thought-provoking takedown of the source material: “Aesthetically overrated, psychologically vacant, and morally complacent,” she declared last week. Schultz points out, rightly, that no one in the...

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Closeted Characters, and the Books That Love Them

This feature is dedicated to the steelworkers of America. Keep reaching for that rainbow! Katniss, The Hunger Games Poor Katniss can be forgiven an inability to recognize, let alone come to terms with, her own sexuality. Her childhood is rough even by the standards of the Seam: dead father, depressive...

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The Great European Cities Tour of America

It is a fact both true and sad that Europe, while awesome and filled with classy old buildings, is expensive. A boyfriend backpacking there after the decline of the dollar told me he missed fruit, which cost too much, and made the wistful request that I eat grapes for him....

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Did We Live Up To Our Yearbook Pages?

Graduation season has, mercifully, just passed, and yearbooks—which capture for eternity the earnest sarcasm and sarcastic earnestness of our 18-year-old selves—are tucked away, to be cherished and cringed at for decades to come. What do the undimmed hopes of our teenage years, inscribed on the gravestones of our youth, say...

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Ester Bloom — Medium

The profile of Ester Bloom...

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Did We Live Up To Our Yearbook Pages? — The Hairpin

by Ester Bloom ¶ Graduation season has, mercifully, just passed, and yearbooks — which capture for eternity the earnest sarcasm and…...

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For Emily M. Keeler, Who Interviewed the Prince of Pricks — The Hairpin

by Ester Bloom ¶ 2013 was the year of Edie Windsor, Wendy Davis, J Law, Beyonce, Malala and Alice Munro....

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What Did Your First Job Pay Then and What Does It Pay Now? — The Billfold

What did your first job pay? What does it pay now?...

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Daisy, You’re a Drip, Dear: Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains — The Hairpin

by Ester Bloom ¶ Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby lindy-hopped away with over 50 million dollars this past weekend and inspired New York’s…...

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Having A Baby On Obamacare — The Hairpin

When friends discover that I am pregnant, their first reaction is to say, “Congratulations!”...

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The Great European Cities Tour of America — The Hairpin

by Ester Bloom ¶ It is a fact both true and sad that Europe, while awesome and filled with classy old buildings, is expensive....

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About The Hairpin

Ladies first....

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The Real Cost of Prescription Drugs — The Billfold

Last night, I left the office around 8:30 so I could make it to a pharmacy before it closed and pick up some prescriptions....

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My Mom Stole My Identity and Ruined My Credit — The Billfold

by Lianne Parker ¶ My mom has had problems with money for as long as I’ve been alive....

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The Rental History Of An Academic Nomad — The Billfold

by Anne Helen Petersen ¶ This fall marked the first time since 1999 that I’ve lived in the same dwelling for more than a year....