How to be Relentless

A Memorial for Craigslist

Your Invitation Celebrate the life of the Craigslist personals section with other mourners during the Art-A-Whirl® studio crawl in May. Craigslist’s personals section has been dark since March 2018 due to new federal anti-trafficking legislation. This memorial builds on The Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist The project explores links between bipolar disorder, hypersexuality […] Read More

An Elegy for the Personals Section on Craigslist.org

A Death Announcement The personals section on Craigslist has died. I found out almost two weeks ago from a long-time friend and collaborator. It went dark the week before and the New York Times wrote about its demise on Friday, March 23, 2018. The personals section is archived on the Internet Archives Wayback machine. Its […] Read More

Respectability Will Not Save Me

At an artist friend’s party a few springs ago a woman with white hair asked me what kind of work I made. I told her about the Open Letters to the Men of Craigslist project. I told her how excited I was about it. I told her that it was important to me that experiences […] Read More

Porn Star __________________: Reductive ID tags, Scarlet Letters, and Silence

Some headlines of the moment: “Porn Star Stormy Daniels Is Suing President Trump Over ‘Null and Void’ Nondisclosure Agreement,” Time, March 7, 2018 “Lawyer: Porn star sues to clarify record on Trump affair,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 7, 2018 “READ: Porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against Donald Trump,” CNN, March 6, 2018 “Porn star Stormy […] Read More

3 Truths and 3 Lies

Truths I did my senior lit project as a story cycle about girls and Y2K as a spiritual experience. I believe who and where and what context and to whom we’re born to is one universal defining struggle. I think this is true even for those who have ‘happy childhoods.’ See Relating Narratives by Adriana […] Read More

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

Show Nov. 3rd in Minneapolis!

My first love once gave me a box of rocks for my birthday with something special hidden in that box. Because this is show and tell I’ll have that special something on stage with me. This story is about holding hands with my girlfriend in the tall grass by the lake, not coming out in […] Read More

Listening to Zoë Quinn post-Gamergate

When I can’t sleep, I often listen to Public Radio, sometimes the BBC through the Minnesota Public Radio stream, but sometimes the Public Radio International (PRI) internet stream. Late one recent night the show To the Best of Our Knowledge from PRI came on with an episode titled “Why the Internet is Toxic for Women.” […] 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

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