Kristen Scatton
Kristen Scatton's circuitous path to being one of the 21st century's great literary voices includes everything from bad angsty poetry to college marketing materials and now, Bustle.com. She loves everything about her adopted hometown of Philadelphia except the Eagles and how the city always vaguely smells like garbage in the summer. Her dream is to one day have a library in her home like the one in "Beauty and the Beast."

Latest Articles

At 30, 'The Handmaid's Tale' As Relevant As Ever

When I first read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a few years ago, I could not get over how Douglas Adams' nifty guidebook basically captured the essence of tablets and smartphones years before s...
By Kristen Scatton

Your Life Story Shouldn't Be A Memoir If...

Show, don't tell. Learn the rules before you break them. Read everything. Write what you know. For writers, these maxims are mother's milk, the advice we are raised on (or rather, on which we are rais...
By Kristen Scatton

Is 'To Kill A Mockingbird' About Rape Denial?

Since the original publication of To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, one name has been synonymous with fairness, integrity and wisdom: Atticus Finch. The hero of Harper Lee's American classic is regularly...
By Kristen Scatton

Make A DIY Writers' Retreat In 3 Simple Steps

Elsewhere Studios. The Millay Colony. Rivendell. Skyros Writers' Lab. Yaddo. For many writers and artists, these names are uttered in the same reverential tone a oenophile might use
By Kristen Scatton

Did You Realize Judy Blume's 'Forever' Was 40?

There are a lot of 40th birthday celebrations happening in 2015: Saturday Night Live; Jaws (as well as that "differ
By Kristen Scatton

18 Books To Read When You're 18

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about growing up, maturing, accumulated wisdom and all that jazz. Perhaps it's because I’m turning 30 this year (sidebar: what the what?). As I approach that milestone ...
By Kristen Scatton

8 Pretty Epic Real-Life Love Stories To Read

Like many women of my generation, my ideas about love and relationships were heavily influenced by mass media —books about the struggles and triumphs of tempestuous lovers; passionate break-ups and ma...
By Kristen Scatton

Here's Your MLK Day Reading List

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on January 19 this year, has long been associated with volunteerism and community service. Every year the Corporation for National and Community Service helps b...
By Kristen Scatton

The Emotional Stages of Transitioning to E-Books

The march of progress never ends, no matter how much we may fight it. I should know. I was still buying cassettes and video tapes long after my peers had switched to CDs and DVDs, then took my sweet t...
By Kristen Scatton

9 Struggles All Speed-Readers Face

"Wait, isn't that a different book than the one you had yesterday?" Back in junior high and high school, this was a question I got a lot. Not only were my friends slightly awed by how much I enjoyed r...
By Kristen Scatton

Are You Strong Enough to Read These Books Again?

I have LeVar Burton to thank for the first time a book truly unsettled me. Like many kids from my generation, I was a devotee of Reading Rainbow, watching it religiously every day between Sesame Stree...
By Kristen Scatton

13 Books to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Oh, hey, holiday season, what's up? Weren't you just here like, a few weeks ago? No? It's been a whole year already? Well, I'll be boiled in my own pudding. Some years, it seems like Christmas can't c...
By Kristen Scatton

11 Joys of Re-Reading Books

My mom and I are both avid readers; I give her the bulk of the credit for my love of the written word. We regularly trade and discuss books, and “I just finished my book — I need something new to rea...
By Kristen Scatton

Creative Writing MFAs, Demystified

There are roughly 1.7 million students currently enrolled in some sort of graduate program in the U.S. Not that I like to think of myself as a number or statistic, but I'm one of them. Since 2012, I'...
By Kristen Scatton

Ladies, Please Stop Doing This in Your Memoirs

I know I've been singing the praises of Amy Poehler a lot this week, as the actor, screenwriter, and producer adds "published author" to her list of accomplishments with her new memoir/advice book, Ye...
By Kristen Scatton

Amy Poehler Proves She Really Is Just Like Us

I've never been much for celebrity worship (the four years that my bedroom was wallpapered with Backstreet Boys posters from Teen Beat notwithstanding). If I look up to someone famous, it's because th...
By Kristen Scatton

7 Celeb Surprises in Amy Poehler's 'Yes Please'

A few years ago I stumbled upon Awesome People Hanging Out Together, a Tumblr devoted to photographs of interesting and often surprising combinations of famous and influential people socializing or wo...
By Kristen Scatton

Amy Poehler 'SNL' Sketches to Go With 'Yes Please'

There are a lot of roles for which we know and love Amy Poehler — Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, Colby in the Upright Citizens Brigade, Mrs. George aka "the cool mom" in Mean Girls — but it was...
By Kristen Scatton

15 Amy Poehler Truthbombs from 'Yes Please'

These Amy Poehler quotes say it all. In a few days, when her memoir Yes Please hits shelves, Poehler will join the list of comedy's female powerhouses (including Mindy Kaling, Sarah Silverman, and Poe...
By Kristen Scatton

These Books Will Make You Glad to Be Single

As '70s rockers Three Dog Night said, "one is the loneliest number." Anyone who's ever been single knows this to be an irrefutable fact, like gravity or Beyoncé's reign of world domination. From feeli...
By Kristen Scatton