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Recently my grandmother writes on Facebook under a picture of my, at the time, fourteen-year-old sister: “sexy.” A few days later I see my now seventeen-year-old sister, nine years my junior, in an H&M plaid mini-skirt that barely covers her ass. “That’s way too short,” I say and, then, in… [Read More]
The “Alt Lit” (“alternative literature”) community—described by Gawker’s Allie Jones as a net-based literary genre that is “hip, youthful, awkward, and uncomfortably self-aware”—was fragmented by controversy over the past few months. This was namely due to the fact that a number of influential gatekeepers and figures—including Janey Smith/Steven Trull, Stephen… [Read More]
We all struggle to write about who we are, how we are treated in the world, and our social context. So working with a poet who is writing about American racism, women workers, the repercussions of slavery, explicitly gave all of us permission to write about our social context, and… [Read More]
I was publishing a memoir about having been a professional dominatrix and a drug addict. People offended by the grotesque or criminal aspects of my story would take issue. People who believed that behaviors outside of social prescription were indeed “deviant” would judge me. People who didn’t believe in this… [Read More]
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