Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is a New York Times bestselling author specializing in culture and entertainment. Her new book is When Women Invented Television. She is the author of Seinfeldia: How the Show About Nothing Changed Everything and a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. Her new book is When Women Invented Television.

Recent Articles

El camino de Barbie hacia la iluminación

En la película de Barbie, dirigida por Greta Gerwig, la icónica muñeca se embarca en un viaje color de rosa hacia la iluminación, no muy diferente al del Buda. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong explora cómo la película sirve como meditación sobre la conciencia, la impermanencia y la verdadera naturaleza de la realidad, atractiva tanto para los buscadores espirituales como para los psiconautas.

Barbie’s Journey to Enlightenment

In the Greta Gerwig-directed "Barbie," the iconic doll embarks on a pink-hued journey toward enlightenment not unlike the historical Buddha’s. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong explores how "Barbie" serves as a meditation on consciousness, impermanence, and the true nature of reality.

Dakini Energy: Feminist-Buddhist Artist Michela Martello

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong profiles the inspiring feminist-Buddhist artist Michela Martello—her life, her work, and the dream that put her on the spiritual path.

Psychedelic Insight

Psychedelics and spirituality—including more than a few Buddhist concepts and practices—are reuniting with science after decades of estrangement. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong on this new frontier in the study of mind.

The Healing Power of Pop Star Goddesses

Behind the glitz and fame, says Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, are inspiring stories of real women facing real challenges.

Hero for Our Time

TV character Ted Lasso embodies what we need right now: goodness. In a world of antiheroes, says Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, he just wants to make us better people.

The Middle Way of Abortion

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong reports on how Buddhist teachings could transform the abortion debate — and benefit women.

The Zen of Peter Coyote

Actor, writer, narrator, and one-time radical — Jennifer Keishin Armstrong on the many roles of Zen priest Peter Coyote.

How Mr. Rogers Taught Us to Love

While he was changing his tennis shoes, Mr. Rogers was quietly changing children’s lives — and ours as well.

Dan Harris is 10% Happier

Network anchor Dan Harris keeps his Buddhism real. His bestselling book and popular app offer down-to-earth wisdom and achievable goals. As Harris tells Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, he wants to help bring meditation from the fringes to the mainstream.

Robert Thurman, Buddha’s Champion

Renowned activist and scholar Robert Thurman can translate sutras, joke with the Dalai Lama, and call in a favor from George Lucas. Retirement, says Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, won’t slow this man down.

A Buddhist Chaplain Disrupts Suffering in Rikers Island

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong profiles Justin von Bujdoss, the first-ever Buddhist chaplain in Rikers Island — America’s most notorious jail.

Review: “A Ghost Story” contemplates impermanence and eternity

The new indie film "A Ghost Story" is a tender meditation on Buddhist themes like impermanence and bardo. And, it’s also boring.