Better to Eat You With

Better to Eat You With

Hi, you! I'm the editor and publisher of Engine Books, a little fiction press that I started in 2011, and co-editor of Freight Stories, an online fiction journal. And I write. And teach freshman comp. Etc. Like a lot of us? Anyway, live in Indianapolis, married to another writer/editor, eat like the Midwesterner I am (lots; indiscriminately), garden, and now get weird sun-spots on my face instead of the cute freckles I used to have because I am almost 40.

On Little Known Facts About Jack & Diane

@noReally We don't really have debutantes in Indiana, generally.

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm 1

On Ask a (Terrifyingly) Clean Person: Oozing Gourds, Glue Mishaps and Food Coloring Woes

@Jolie Kerr Shower curtain liners are on my short list of things that get replaced instead of cleaned. I'm usually all for saving money and making things last, but those (and trash cans, actually) just get replaced every few months around here.

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm 0

On Why I Have To Be So "Rude"

I'm very, very happy to be one of the lucky uninitiated. And your writing here is just fucking delightful.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm 2

On 42

@le petit hiboux Right! Those of us who are not properly Pilatesed are just as subject to the whims of nature as those other women who came before us. Or something.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm 1

On The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@Ameelz123 I have even needed it after telling someone I was married, when I was out with a single female friend. Because "If you don't want to hook up, what the fuck are you doing in a bar, bitch?"

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 10:48 am 3

On The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

Twice in the last month I've had mystery texts from people who were clearly given my number in a situation like this. How I wish those ladies had had this option.

And as far as "being adults about this," when I've refused to give out my number in the past, I've been called all kinds of nasty names, even yelled at. I'm under no obligation to be nice or honest to such types.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm 8

On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

My small press has a YA imprint, so I'm very, very pro-YA. But I will say that I have known a ton of grown-ups over the years who expressly prefer YA over novels meant for adults *because* they don't challenge them as much ethically or morally, because they are "easier" reads, etc. These people are not necessarily reading the best, most complex YA books, for sure. But there's a perspective out in the ether that I encounter relatively frequently that probably does need to consider something along the lines of what Gordon's after in the Slate piece.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm 0

On "I have decided to override her refusal to have a C-section"

@testingwithfire She evidently had a doula, and it did her no good.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm 0

On Professors Love Answering Cold Emails from White Dudes, "Meh" on Everyone Else

Wait, were these names of the professors' actual students? Or random names? Because hell will freeze over before I answer anybody who is not presently enrolled in a course I teach, or a very memorable former student, regardless of their name.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm 1

On "Part of disciplining the body is denial"

@stonefruit You can get AN UNTAMED STATE now if you look around. It's not supposed to be out for another month, but I've seen it in a bunch of bookstores already.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:55 am 0