The Less You Tell


“For the shy and passive aggressive, blackmail might be the perfect means of control. Hone your blackmailing chops and you can utilize them in a range of scenarios: betrayal, revenge, moral castigation (theirs, not yours).”

The Awl is in the midst of a two-week series on “the pull of bad influences in our lives and in the culture.” Jane Hu shares a history of blackmail.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →