Countercultured is a newsletter by Alexandra DeSanctis. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but lately I’ve been a journalist, a scholar, and co-author of Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing. I write regularly for National Review, where I’m a contributing writer and where I was a full-time writer for six years. At NR, I’ve covered a variety of topics including abortion policy, elections, health care, religious freedom, and gender ideology.

These days, in addition to my writing, I’m a scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where I conduct research and policy work on major cultural debates, with a special focus on the abortion debate and the pro-life movement.

My writing has been published all over the place: the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the Washington Examiner, the Human Life Review, and Public Discourse, among others.

This newsletter, Countercultured, is for anyone who wants to receive regular updates about my work, including links to my freelance essays, my National Review column, my appearances on various podcasts (including EPPC’s), and other media appearances.

In addition to collecting my work from around the Internet, this newsletter will be a place for informal writing that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else, on all sorts of topics like politics, food, books, and life, what I’ve been reading and watching and listening to, where I’ve traveled, and what I’ve been working on in the kitchen.

For now, the newsletter will be free to all subscribers, but if you’re interested in supporting my work and would like to be a paying subscriber, you’ll be able to comment on posts. Later on, I may write additional and more frequent content for paid subscribers.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll subscribe to the free newsletter, and you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @xan_desanctis for more updates on my work.

Why subscribe?

Countercultured is for anyone who wants regular updates about my work. My writing and interviews appear in a variety of places across the Internet, including in freelance articles, interviews, and podcasts. This is the home for all of them, and it’s where I’ll do extra writing that doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional reporting article or opinion piece. In addition to sharing these updates, I’ll use this space for informal essays about current events, and I’ll write regularly about what I’ve been up to lately.

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Countercultured is for readers interested in politics, culture, ethics, and everything in between. It’s a place to think through the things that matter and that shape who we are.


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