Jeva Lange is a staff writer at TheWeek.com. She is also a contributor to Electric Literature and ScreenSlate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva is an alumna of Bennington College and now lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.
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