Hello, I'm Rachel.
I am a writer, reporter, & editor living in New York City.
As a writer, I publish reported features and essays about: culture, women, perfume, music, history, film, fashion, television, books, art, politics, New York, the Internet, celebrity, feminism, visual culture and whatever else crosses my path in a given week. I have profiled: musicians, actors, comedians, magicians, writers, composers, web moguls, artists, designers, perfumers, pop stars and legendary New Yorkers in caftans.
My work has appeared in/on: The New Yorker, The New York Times, Elle, The New Republic, GQ, T Magazine, Surface, Grantland, Pacific Standard, New York, Pitchfork, Matter, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, PBS, Rolling Stone, NPR's All Things Considered, and elsewhere. I spoke about some of the writing work I do on the Longform Podcast in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, I won the Perfumed Plume Award for fragrance writing. In fall 2017, I will begin writing a monthly TV column in The New Republic.
I am currently working on my first nonfiction book (for Random House). It is exciting and terrifying and also gives my mother something to tell people about what I do all day.
I founded the Women's Lives Club, a 1300+ person group dedicated to reading women's biographies. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls covered it
I have two newsletters: The one I write alone is called Adventuress. Subscribe for stories of dead ladies and old New York.
With my best friend (and force of nature) Helena Fitzgerald, I run a newsletter about perfume called The Dry Down. We have since expanded the letter into live events (with more projects coming soon!). A Dry Down podcast is coming in summer 2017.