Top 10 WILFs
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Being a writer is soooooooo hard. Everyone is always valuing you for your brains, your passion, your insight about the human condition. No one ever seems to care about what really matters: the way you look. So, to relieve this burden, here are 10 writers that are highly fuckable, and not just for their brains and work. Or, if you’d rather, 10 WILFs.
2. Miranda July, author of No One Belongs Here More Than You and performer extraordinaire. July is like that girl you worked with at the coffee shop in college: quirky and weird with an “INDIE” brand of cool, and you just know that she’s into some interesting shit in the bedroom. Except unlike that girl from the coffee shop, July has turned pretty much everything she’s touched into some kind of success.
3. Colson Whitehead, author of Sag Harbor and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient. I want Whitehead to take me on a boat on a lake while frogs serenade us, The Little Mermaid style.
4. Diana Spechler, author of Skinny and Who by Fire. There are injustices in this world: some people have good bodies and pretty faces and great hair, and some people are smart and talented writers, and then some people have good bodies and pretty faces and great hair and are smart and talented writers.
6. Heidi Julavits, author of The Uses of Enchantment and co-editor of The Believer. Julavits taught a workshop at my MFA program last semester. I was glad I didn’t have her as my professor, because her good looks are distracting. Plus she dresses really well.
8. Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize winner for Interpreter of Maladies. Lahiri’s stunning good looks have been noted since she first came on the scene over ten years ago, and because of this, I almost left her off this list. But she’s just too goddamn hot.
9. Simon Van Booy, author of Everything Beautiful Began After and Love Begins in Winter. If Van Booy’s Johnny Depp-esque good looks aren’t enough for you, just read his piece for The New York Times’ Modern Love. ::swoon::
— Julia Jackson writes fiction and is a regular contributor to Electric Dish. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College.