Avidly specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to thinking and feeling about culture. We publish twice a week, featuring fresh perspectives, whether academic or otherwise, on everything from theory and literature to the cultural mores of gender, sports, politics and entertainment. As its name suggests, Avidly responds to literature and culture by blending critical rigor with enthusiasm. We welcome submissions and pitches!

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1606960_10152097480118591_193943398_nSarah Mesle is Senior Humanities Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books and faculty at USC. She teaches and writes about literary history, the long history of the popular novel, and, also, Game of Thrones.

Sarah Blackwood researches and teaches nineteenth-century American literature and visual culture and is associate professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at Pace University. She has also written about contemporary American popular culture for various publications, including The Awl, The Hairpin, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Television Without Pity.

Together, they are: Sarahs.




Assistant Editor

Lainey profile picLainey Racah is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Oakland, California. She has a degree in Studio Art and English from UCLA, where she was a poetry editor for the student-run literary magazine Westwind. She likes poetry, music videos, and chile relleno stuffed burritos.