Orli Van Mourik
ORLI VAN MOURIK is a Portland-based journalist and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in Psychology Today, Discover Magazine, SEED Magazine, and Brooklyn Based.
FEB 2013 | Express
1968, in a tone of unassailable authority, an ethicist by the name of Joseph Fletcher stated that parents should feel no guilt about putting a Downs syndrome baby away.
JUL-AUG 2013 | Books
Skepticism seems to be a natural by-product of literary nonfiction. Today we tend to think of ourselves as uniquely cynical.
MAR 2012 | Express
The other day, I walked into my local cafe and encountered a startling sighta well-dressed man, inching toward 50, rocking back and forth over his cappuccino with an anguished, far-away look on his face.
MAY 2012 | Express
Poverty is a touchy subject for Americans, evoking as it does an awkward mixture of empathy and reproach. Its not that we lack compassion for the grizzled old man shuffling down the subway platform in his paper bag shoes; its just that we cant help holding him somewhat accountable for his own misery.
SEPT 2012 | Express
It happened on a mercifully temperate June afternoon out in front of the Brooklyn Heights outpost of Housing Works Thrift Shop. A willowy brunette with flowing, Botticelli-esque hair stood at a rickety folding table, a winsome expression on her face as she tried to lure in random passersby.
MAY 2013 | Books
What is the role of memory in our lives? How do our memories of the past define and shape how we envision ourselves in the present and the future?
NOV 2013 | Books
Several years ago I had the opportunity to interview one of the doyennes of the publishing world, an editor whose critical instincts and unerring taste have earned her a loyal stable of writers whose names regularly appear on all the right kinds of lists (Best of, Bestseller, Shortlists).
MAR 2012 | Express
If you celebrated the 2009 announcement that political wag Thomas Frank was resurrecting his cult mag, The Baffler, only to watch, crestfallen, as the effort petered out after just one issue, take heart: The Baffler lives again.
JUNE 2012 | Express
Wild, Cheryl Strayeds new memoir, is a book that needs to be loved. If Wild were a person, it would be scouring online personals and begging friends to set it up on a date.
DEC 12-JAN 13 | Express
Its hard to overstate the influence that Julia Child had on the American food landscape. The engine or inspiration behind countless cookbooks and television shows, Julia was a one-woman industry decades before such a thing even existed.