Hello! I’m sorry to have been absent from this blog for a while; I’ve been working on essays, the new novel, the end of the school year, and kayaking as much as possible during this rainy spring… but I wanted to share a new essay I wrote for Slate, called “Visible Life.” It’s about waiting (again), personhood, and the science of IVF. To research the piece, I read a quite fascinating book called Icons of Life. The book, by Lynn Morgan, a medical anthropologist at Mount Holyoke, is about the way our ideas about embryos and fetuses have changed over time. I also interviewed an embryologist and medical researcher, Dr. Silvia Ramos, at UNC. Her work is so precise and exacting, and she had such joy and enthusiasm for it. I hope that comes through in my essay.