How to be Relentless

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

New Photos!

I’ve got some new promo photos to share. Thanks Lars Thomson […] 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

A Photoshoot Echoing my Great-Great Aunt’s Watercolor

In about 2010, I received the motherlode of watercolors my grandma’s aunt Alma painted. My grandma’s last remaining sister was in the nursing home and therefore her second home, which had once been my great-grandmother’s was finally being sold. But first it had to be emptied. My dad knew Alma’s painting style, and he was […] 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

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