What Do We Do Now That We’re Here? is a newsletter that asks how to live a meaningful life in an increasingly chaotic and unstable world. It’s been mentioned in the New York Times, Outside Magazine, and New York Magazine.
From the climate emergency to covid, inequality to near-universal burnout, it seems pretty obvious that the way we live is not working. A reporter at heart, I’m interested in figuring out the most sane way to live now. So I’m asking people—from artists and writers, indigenous scholars and climate psychologists. I aim to talk to people who are living lives that seem to respond to the moment honestly and bravely, rather than discordantly and full of denial.
This project is my own frank acknowledgement that the future will be very tough, but an investigation into whether it can be beautiful, too. It is my attempt to find the place between denial and nihilism, and to set up a life there. It is my invitation for you to join me.
By the way, I’m Rosie, a writer based in the UK. For ten years I was a journalist whose work was published in places like The Guardian, Quartz, VICE, NPR, Sierra, Outside, Wall Street Journal, Pacific Standard, Lucky Peach and others. My reporting career was varied: I aggressively covered the lack of regulation in the cruise industry; questioned the impacts of “live like a local” travel; chronicled gentrification in east London; covered the weird world of wellness, from Instagram life coaches to “all natural” birth control — and lots more.
I started this newsletter in 2016 as a form of self promotion for my journalism work. Over time, it’s because something else entirely—and the primary home for my personal writing. I hope you enjoy it.
Learn more about my work past and present: rojospinks.com