“Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity. And she deploys prose to match, raw and agile. She plumbs the commotion deep within and takes the measure of her have-it-all generation.”—The Atlantic
“I read The Rules Do Not Apply in one long, rapt sitting. Unflinching and intimate, wrenching and revelatory, Ariel Levy’s powerful memoir about love, loss, and finding one’s way shimmers with truth and heart on every page.”—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
“It’s an act of courage to hunt for meaning within grief, particularly if the search upends your life and shakes out the contents for all the world to sift through. Ariel Levy embarks on the hunt beautifully in her new memoir. […] She’s brave and generous to share her story, which manages to be beautiful, even as it’s stark and wrenching.”—Chicago Tribune
A journalist who joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, Ariel Levy, has covered subjects such as the South African runner Caster Semenya; the artist Catherine Opie; the swimmer Diana Nyad; and Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that brought down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Levy won a National Magazine Award in 2013 for “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” a harrowing essay about the loss of her baby after 19 weeks of pregnancy, and in March of 2017, Levy released her new best-selling memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, which expands upon her grief and also gives an account of the dissolution of her marriage, her coming-of-age as a writer, and a woman “reckoning with the various cultural scripts that have been written for her gender” (the New York Times).
Levy’s first book, Female Chauvinist Pigs (2005), is a classic work on gender, using “raunch culture” to explore the unresolved conflicts between the women’s movement and the sexual revolution, drawing from her own reporting on women’s collusion in phenomena such as Playboy and Girls Gone Wild. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly praised: “Levy's insightful reporting and analysis chill the hype of what's hot. It will create many aha! moments for readers who have been wondering how porn got to be pop and why feminism is such a dirty word.”
Levy was named one of the “Forty Under 40” Most Influential “Out” Individuals in the June/July 2009 edition of The Advocate, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Vogue, Slate, and the New York Times. Before joining The New Yorker, she was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years. She attended Wesleyan University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Female Chauvinist Pigs (2005)
The Rules Do Not Apply (2017)