Someone’s Expensive ____________: #metoo by way of The Gloaming

“Bob has the expensive teeth of a much younger man.” – Melanie Finn, The Gloaming, 2016, p. 7 Expensive teeth are a status symbol. Finn describes this Bob, a white man on safari, as not taking great care of his health and not wanting to tip. Bob has a bit part in Finn’s book, but […] Read More

On Negging: A Definition

Negging “Low-grade insults meant to undermine the self-confidence of a woman so she might be more vulnerable to your advances. This is something no decent guy would do. They say that the assholes get the girls, but I can spot negging a mile away and I reject these fuckers straight off.” – Urban Dictionary, MadamexXx […] Read More

Go Read Beautiful Zero

“I am the problem that solves me.” – Jennifer Willoughby from Beautiful Zero This book of poems by Minneapolis poet Jennifer Willoughby was so fun. Language crackles and sings, and there’s enough meaning that this cock-eyed view of the world gives us all the space to be. If only no one believed themselves a problem. […] Read More

Dorothy Parker: Twilight

“Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.” ― Dorothy Parker Should I dare argue with the late, great Dorothy Parker? My quibble: it’s not only New Yorkers who know the power of twilight. Southerners and Midwesterners do too. Sitting in the clubroom at A-mill […] Read More

Baldwin: ‘The whole story’

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” ― James Baldwin I’ll admit I haven’t read as much James Baldwin as I might have, but the more I learn about him […] Read More

Weaponized Literature – Achebe

“My weapon is literature.” ― Chinua Achebe I fell into Achebe’s Things Fall Apart hard. It was a dramatic story that questioned the evangelical Christianity I had been raised around and in. It’s the colonized speaking back to the colonizer in the colonizer’s own idiom. Sure, it’s also a book about a center that doesn’t […] Read More

Objections to Real Stories

“[Christine] Stark has done something in Nickels that deserves our attention. She has not only remembered, but she has resisted the impulse to editorialize. Instead, she has given us the pure voice of the survivor, and in doing that, she compels her readers to experience the world—fragmented, distorted, with fragile islands of comfort and familiarity—through […] Read More

“…a whole lifetime” – Ehin

“Some ties simply last a whole lifetime. No matter who we become.” – Kristiina Ehin, in Walker on Water: Stories from unnamed press […] Read More

“Rape, but no rapists” – Harding

“We live in a country full of racism, but no racists; rape, but no rapists. And the common denominator is power. To believe a rape survivor’s word over that of her male classmate, colleague, teacher, or superior officer is to upset the natural order of things, privileging the voice with less cultural authority over the […] Read More

White: “…the grooves which lead back”

“It is strange how much you can remember about places like that once you allow your mind to return into the grooves which lead back. You remember one thing, and that suddenly reminds you of another thing. I guess I remembered clearest of all the early mornings, when the lake was cool and motionless, remembered […] Read More

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