ESP Biography

YOUNG LEE, Stanford student and music journalist

Major: English

College/Employer: Stanford University'

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Young Fenimore Lee is a rising senior at Stanford studying English with a concentration in creative writing. They currently work as an editor and writer at Jellybones (, a music journalism publication they founded in 2019. They primarily work within music journalism and creative nonfiction, and they identify as queer and non-binary.

Past Classes

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H14082: Music Journalism: Ways of Listening and Writing About Music in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
In this course, we will discuss and practice music journalism, a field that lies at the confluence of media criticism, creative writing/nonfiction, and journalism. How can one write persuasively and convincingly about whether a song or album is good or bad? What does it mean to criticize music, an art form that seems, on the whole, very subjective? Why might we want to do that? We will tackle these questions from the modern perspective of music journalism, which often requires complex understandings of music culture and pop culture as a whole. Besides discussing the philosophical underpinnings of music journalism, we will also engage in music journalism ourselves by listening to new music and writing robust reviews and criticism. How does a modern music journalist discover new music and artists? How should one write about rising artists? How can one engage seriously with the music they listen to every day in a critical manner? We’ll answer these questions and more.