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Thought Catalog is a website founded in 2010 by American entrepreneur and media strategist Chris Lavergne. Owned by The Thought & Expression Company, the site attracts 25 million monthly unique visitors.The site's founder, Chris Lavergne, registered the domain name in 2008, and began working on the site while a marketing strategist at Warner Bros. Records. Thought Catalog started publishing on February 1, 2010. By 2012, Thought Catalog was attracting 2.5 million unique visitors per month, and began to attract many millennial readers, with nearly three-quarters of the site's audience falling into the 21- to 34-year-old demographic.The site is based on a semi-open model, employing staff and freelance writers while also taking submissions for publication. Thought Catalog receives between 100 and 500 pieces a day via the submission form.In July 2014 Thought Catalog was drawing more than 34 million unique visitors per month, with much of the traffic due to social sharing.Thought Catalog earns revenue from branded content and banner ads, with the Wall Street Journal featuring the site on its list of "Sponsored Content That Buzzed In 2014."Thought Catalog’s founder, Chris Lavergne, was named to Forbes "30 Under 30" list in 2014. Books Thought Catalog launched Thought Catalog Books with four original e-books priced from $2.99 to $4.99. As of June 2015, the imprint accepts manuscripts from their active contributors and from unaffiliated authors, some with agents, some without. They publish both eBooks and print books. In September 2014, Thought Catalog Books and UTA sold the rights to The Tracking of a Russian Spy, by Mitch Swenson, to StudioCanal. The imprint published Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel’s book Creatocracy in early 2015. Content Thought Catalog’s content, which includes listicles, essays, and think pieces, has been noted for its "millennial" voice. Many well-known authors have contributed to the site including Simon Critchley, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Tao Lin, Nick Mullen, Robert Greene, James Altucher, Mélanie Berliet, Gavin McInnes and Tim Ferriss, in addition to previously unpublished essayists. These entailed co-publisher Brandon Scott Gorrell, conversational columnist Chelsea Fagan, technology and gaming writer Josh Liburdi, and Avery Hopwood Award-Winning Poet Jennifer Sussex. Early on, the site was known for publishing alternative literature, with Tao Lin as a regular contributor. Later, it became associated with a personal, confessional style. The ambiance between Fagan and Lin was particularly entertaining for fans, while Gorrell composed a majority of the more serious, lengthier essays. Others such as McInnes and Sussex remained the only columnists unpopular at the time, due to McInnes reputed connections with the alt-right and Sussex's legal dispute regarding scholastic funding with two American colleges. Each so-called polarizing writer was allocated space and an opportunity to demonstrate unflinching narratives of self-reflection, proving that the class dispute in higher education regarding Sussex was no reflection of her literary merit. It reflected initial debates on protests against educational funding with the tragic and unfortunate result that higher-education used students' lives as exploitative teaching moments without regard to their psychological well-being, aptitude for coursework, or access to legal defense. Many such writers who attempted to outline the subprime mortgage crisis and student debt bubble were blacklisted. McInnes would later work with the alt-right prior to the transformation of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner into Conservatives after weekly spreads in The New Yorker, a move considered a betrayal by many of their Ivy League fans who know publication in said periodical is too often seen as a lynchpin of literary success. At the time, Lavergne and Lin drew accolade for hosting a platform that featured all voices rather than the establishment. For emerging writers unaffiliated with Vice or self-publishing entities and those alienated from academic institutions, Thought Catalog was representative and reminiscent of zines like Up is Up and Down is Down and earlier New York pop scenes. Disputes remain as to intellectual property regarding the only author allowed to publish a novel. The fortunate Thought Catalog alumni have sought employment in the technology sector or moved on to the world of publishing. After heavy promotion by regular contributors and guest contributors, Thought Catalog reached mainstream millennial audiences. Despite the aspirations of Joycean prose and Dickensian length essays with writers forced to demonstrate craft to overcome institutional bias, the predominant style was indeed akin to confessional poetry. In a time when American millennials could self-publish on social media, the need for stratification into professional spheres arose. With 2008 being the height of the American mortgage crisis, it was the children of those impacted who often sought representation and a preservation of cultural identity through prose. Not surprisingly, the intimate style reflected a moment when millennials wished to respond to economic issues, climate change, and humanitarian crises by insisting on their selfhood. Much like the Monterey Pop Festival, Goose Lake, and Woodstock, many sought self-expression through alternative music festivals such as Pitchfork, Bonnaroo, and Coachella. Those without formal musical training could always publish in Thought Catalog, which would change in format to emanate readability. References External links Official website Thought Catalog Books The Thought & Expression Company Shop Catalog. Discover the Thought Catalog popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Thought Catalog books.

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  • 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think synopsis, comments

    101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

    Brianna Wiest

    101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think, the global bestseller and social media phenomenon, is a collection of author Brianna Wiest's most beloved pieces of writing. Her medi...

  • Read This If synopsis, comments

    Read This If

    Thought Catalog

    You are an individualyour very own set of specific characteristics and experiences and emotions. And yet, so much of what you're going through is relatable to so many others. This ...

  • The Age of AnXiety synopsis, comments

    The Age of AnXiety

    Thought Catalog

    Despite the hedonistic society our generation has grown up in, we’re largely unhappy. It’s been estimated in the last year that nearly 40% of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder...

  • The Bitter Taste of Dying synopsis, comments

    The Bitter Taste of Dying

    Jason Smith

    In his first book, author Jason Smith explores the depravity and desperation required to maintain an opiate addiction so fierce, he finds himself jumping continents to avoid jail t...

  • Daring To Take Up Space synopsis, comments

    Daring To Take Up Space

    Daniell Koepke

    In her first poetry collection, Daniell gives voice to the fear and anxiety, as well as the perseverance and strength, that has been fundamental to her own personal growth journey ...

  • This Is Me Letting You Go synopsis, comments

    This Is Me Letting You Go

    Heidi Priebe

    Letting go is not a process that comes naturally to us. In a world that teaches us to cling to what we love at all costs, there is an undeniable art to moving on – and it’s one tha...

  • Be The One synopsis, comments

    Be The One

    Eileen Lamb

    I’ve written this book for you who feels so deeply or “too much,” as others have said. In this book, I celebrate deep feelings and show you the power in their vulnerability. Whethe...

  • Bloom synopsis, comments


    Shani Jay

    Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling less than beautiful? Have you ever felt like you’re not good enough? Have you ever struggled on your journey to selflove? Shani Jay’s ...

  • How to Consciously Design Your Ideal Future synopsis, comments

    How to Consciously Design Your Ideal Future

    Benjamin P. Hardy

    Animals are the direct product of their environment. They reactively evolve overtime based on external circumstances. The process of their evolution is slow and random. Humanbeings...

  • All The Letters I Should Have Sent synopsis, comments

    All The Letters I Should Have Sent

    Rania Naim

    To the people we loved and the people who couldn’t love us.  To the ones who broke our hearts and the ones that got away.  To the ones who loved us and the ones who heale...

  • The Black Farm synopsis, comments

    The Black Farm

    Elias Witherow

    After the loss of a child along with a slew of agonizing misfortunes, Nick and Jess decide to end their lives. Unable to cope with the misery that fills their days, they commit one...

  • From Failure to Fresh Start synopsis, comments

    From Failure to Fresh Start

    Thought Catalog

    Lurking inside each and every one of us is a dreama desire to do something other than clock in and out of a safe job that doesn’t quite feel right. It takes a serious amount of cou...

  • Your Heart Is The Sea synopsis, comments

    Your Heart Is The Sea

    Nikita Gill

    Let poetry help you examine the depths of your wounds. Let it remind you that no matter how deep it goes, you will be able to heal it because you have been able to heal&#...

  • If You Were Still Alive synopsis, comments

    If You Were Still Alive

    Holly Riordan

    It doesn't matter if you've lost someone you love six months ago or six years ago. It's a lie that time heals all wounds, because the pain never goes away.  This book aims to ...

  • The Strength In Our Scars synopsis, comments

    The Strength In Our Scars

    Bianca Sparacino

    “The Strength In Our Scars” is Bianca Sparacino’s reminder to you: No matter what you’re going through, no matter where you are on your healing journeyyou are strong. Through ...

  • All The Reminders You Need To Get You Through Anything In Life synopsis, comments

    All The Reminders You Need To Get You Through Anything In Life

    Thought Catalog

     'All The Reminders You Need To Get You Through Anything In Life' is a collection of daily reminders you need to hear when you’re going through a hard time. These reminders co...

  • A Gentle Reminder synopsis, comments

    A Gentle Reminder

    Bianca Sparacino

    A gentle reminder, for the days you feel light in this world, and for the days in which the sun rises a little slower. A gentle reminder for when your heart is full of hope, and fo...

  • 10 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Men synopsis, comments

    10 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Men

    Sabrina Alexis

    10 Things Every Woman Needs To Know About Men written by the founders of the hugely popular women's relationship website is an honest, nonsugarcoated guide to unders...

  • But Before You Leave synopsis, comments

    But Before You Leave

    Kirsten Corley

    We all have experiences we struggle to put into words. Whether that be heartbreak, loss, mourning, or internal battles, it's a common theme among all of us as humans. Whether or no...

  • 2 AM synopsis, comments

    2 AM

    Thought Catalog

    It's the worst part of anyone's day...or rather, their night. It's that terrible time when you're tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep and unable to turn off your mind. You'...

  • Guns synopsis, comments


    Daniel Hayes

    Guns are a black and white issue, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple. This book covers every aspect of the gun debate in the U.S. from hunting to mass shootings to questions a...

  • The Worst Kind of Monsters synopsis, comments

    The Worst Kind of Monsters

    Elias Witherow

    There's a dog sneaking into your daughter's bedroom and whispering in her ear. There's something horrible in that storm over the ocean. What does "feed the pig" mean? What are thos...

  • All That You Deserve synopsis, comments

    All That You Deserve

    Jacqueline Whitney

    You deserve to wholeheartedly love yourself and your life. You deserve to break free from your past and the hurt it has held you in for too long. You deserve to find whole healing ...

  • The Human Element synopsis, comments

    The Human Element

    Brianna Wiest

    In her second collection of prose, Brianna Wiest explores the areas in which the physical and metaphysical meet. Her storytelling and poetic reflections are thoughtprovoking, souls...

  • Somewhere In Between synopsis, comments

    Somewhere In Between

    Kelly Peacock

    This is for the ones who feel deeply, who find it easy to romanticize moments and people, who are coming to terms with their trauma and aching, who are learning what it really mean...

  • Your Soul is a River synopsis, comments

    Your Soul is a River

    Nikita Gill

    Thought Catalog Books presents Nikita Gill’s “Your Soul Is A River,” a collection of poetry.

  • Ceremony synopsis, comments


    Brianna Wiest

    Other people are not meant to love us in the exact way we think they should they are meant to set up a healing ceremony at which we learn to love ourselves Ceremony is a colle...

  • A Thousand New Beginnings synopsis, comments

    A Thousand New Beginnings

    Kristin Addis

    This is the story of a 26yearold girl who left her old life with a steady job and boyfriend behind in order to travel through Southeast Asia completely on her own. Over the course ...

  • Salt Water synopsis, comments

    Salt Water

    Brianna Wiest

    In her debut poetry collection, Brianna Wiest pioneers a new crossgenre of writing. Through her freeform approach, Brianna's words artfully illustrate our deep connection to the na...

  • The Comprehensive INFP Survival Guide synopsis, comments

    The Comprehensive INFP Survival Guide

    Heidi Priebe

    Despite their agreeable demeanor, INFPs represent one of the most passionate and complex personality types within the MyersBriggs Inventory. Employing a wholly unique stack of cogn...

  • The Art Of Letting Go synopsis, comments

    The Art Of Letting Go

    Thought Catalog

    We often struggle to let some people go especially when they made that decision. We question the universe, we question ourselves and we question everyone around us but we never tru...

  • Beyond Worthy synopsis, comments

    Beyond Worthy

    Jacqueline Whitney

    These words are for the one looking for hope, for the one questioning whether they’ll ever truly be okay. These words are for us all. Hold this book in your hands and hold onto hop...

  • LOL Your Face Off synopsis, comments

    LOL Your Face Off

    Melanie Berliet

    Let’s face it: A lot of the funniest jokes aren’t all that sophisticated. Because laughing your face off isn’t about putting on airs. It’s about letting yourself go and appreciatin...

  • Power synopsis, comments


    Shahida Arabi

    Pathological mind games. Covert and overt putdowns. Triangulation. Gaslighting. Projection. These are the manipulative tactics survivors of malignant narcissists are unfortunately ...

  • Off the Map synopsis, comments

    Off the Map

    Thought Catalog

    When was the last time you saw something truly extraordinary? If you have to think about it, it’s probably been too long. But it’s never too late to write your next story, and to g...

  • The Comprehensive ENFP Survival Guide synopsis, comments

    The Comprehensive ENFP Survival Guide

    Heidi Priebe

    Life as an ENFP is no walk in the park. Despite the happygolucky attitude they exude, only those who share the specific preference for extroversion, intuition, feeling and perceivi...

  • More Than 20 Minutes Of Reading synopsis, comments

    More Than 20 Minutes Of Reading

    Thought Catalog

    Brock Allen Turner was arrested on January 18th, 2015 outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Stanford University. The reason for his arrest? Rape. In June of 2016, the formal rap...

  • The Brutal Truth About Relationships synopsis, comments

    The Brutal Truth About Relationships

    Sylvie Quinn

    Relationships are incredibly rewarding, but the truth is that they require a lot of hard work. If you want lasting love, you absolutely have to put some effort in. This book, which...

  • All The Words I Should Have Said synopsis, comments

    All The Words I Should Have Said

    Rania Naim

    Rania Naim’s first poetry collection “All The Words I Should Have Said” explores the deeper struggles of love and heartbreak and the challenges of moving on and finding one’s stren...

  • Luminescence synopsis, comments


    Brandon Woelfel

    In Luminescence, photographs have been artfully curated by Brandon and consist of his best published and numerous unpublished works. Special features in this digital version includ...

  • Worth It synopsis, comments

    Worth It

    Thought Catalog

    Body image. Two little words that spark so many thoughts and emotions to absolutely anyone who hears them. Some days you wake up feeling like the hottest person in the world. And o...

  • Life Lessons By Year synopsis, comments

    Life Lessons By Year

    Thought Catalog

    The saying "You're only young once" isn't really applicable to our generation. The time capsule that is Thought Catalog let's readers live it and relive it again. Many of our write...

  • The Mountain Is You synopsis, comments

    The Mountain Is You

    Brianna Wiest

    This book is about selfsabotage. Why we do it, when we do it, and how to stop doing itfor good. Coexisting but conflicting needs create selfsabotaging behaviors. This is why we res...