Melissa Febos Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart and three essay collections: Abandon Me, Girlhood, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. Her work has also appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere. Interview Online You’d Like This By Melissa Febos & Denise Kripper Melissa Febos thinks you should watch Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Denise Kripper recommends La niña santa. Essay Online The Animal Within the Animal By Melissa Febos In solitude, like masturbation, the body opens — but if not to another, then to what?