Mackenzie Williams is a third year from Seattle studying Political & Social Thought and English. She collaborated with Jia Tolentino on her essay "We Come from Old Virginia" for the New York Times bestselling book Trick Mirror. Mackenzie pretends to be Kathleen Kelly in her spare time.
I spent 20 days alone while abroad this summer, during which time I had ample opportunity to think about reading; I spent more time thinking about reading than actually reading. I read a lot, between 75 and 100 books per year.
Redheads, of course, are not like other girls. In literature (and just maybe in life), red hair is an encoded promise to deliver the heroine from standard girlhood; it guarantees a life worth telling, implying that most girls’ are not.