who are you?

I’m Claire Landsbaum, a New York-based journalist and a deputy features editor at Insider. Previously, I edited Vanity Fair’s Hive. My work has appeared in places like Vanity FairNew York magazineSlate, and Complex.

what is Real Feel?

Every May when I was a kid, my mom piled our stuff into her massive car and drove us 13 hours to her parents’ house. If we were desperate to pull over for a pee along the way, we’d say we had “yellow eyeballs” — as in, we had to go so badly that we’d filled up from our toes and were about to overflow.

Real Feel is like having yellow eyeballs…emotionally. You can expect an issue when I feel overfull, when something has particularly moved me, when I think you might be moved by it, too. Sometimes I’ll include links to other pieces of writing that have made me feel something. Welcome to the emotional port-a-potty on the road trip of life.

  • Mr. Perlman : “We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything — what a waste!”

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I’m a New York-based journalist and deputy features editor at Insider.