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On A Found Poem from Nancy Jo Sales' Vanity Fair Piece About Teens

I was spared all of this as a teenager by being a bookish nerd. I do worry about what would happen to any children of mine in the calamitous event that they happen to be more capable of fitting in socially, or more conventionally attractive than I was.

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm 0

On When a Man Writes a Woman

Whoa there, completely disagree about Emma Bovary. The whole book is about her interior life, and I think she is startlingly human. Madame Bovary could be a modern book, if it weren't for the fact that she has so little choice in her life because of the smallness of her rural world and the societal restrictions on women. At various times in her life, Emma Bovary is a virgin, a mother, a whore and a bitch, sure, but I don't see how that doesn't, in fact, make her more fully realised rather than less.

My submission for the most galling example of a female character written by a man: Madeleine of The Wedding Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. She is basically a placeholder.

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm 0

On The "Real Thing" of Women's Writing: A Note for Stephen Marche

@YoungLeafedJune It's almost like she thought out a well-argued essay in her head, with points which lead directly to other points and an overall direction of argumentation, and then she wrote down only the bits she thought were the most interesting, leaving out all of the connective tissue.

I liked it on the second reading, but she's making the reader work hard for the wrong reasons.

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 7:38 am 1

On Fiona Apple, "Hot Knife"

@LiterarySara Is the rest of the album this good, even if different stylistically?

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm 1

On Manly Me

This was great. Also, I was thinking, a cashmere bra? Really? This is a thing people want? And then no less than 2 people in the comments plus the amazing tag. Clearly I lack imagination.

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm 1

On The Evolution of Miss Scarlet

@pinniped YES! 1986 forever. I was always Miss Scarlet, and now I have my own antique cigarette holder.

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm 0

On Did We Live Up To Our Yearbook Pages?

We didn't have quotes, but I got to write a little composition to go under the class photo. It had an embarrassing tendency to address the reader directly, and a number of allusions to "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I was really hung up about where to part my hair and whether to eat a peach back then. Plus ça change . . . .

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm 0

On Relation Ships

@angelinha Or something about seamen. I can't believe I just wrote that.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm 2

On Relation Ships

@meetapossum You beat me to it!

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm 0

On "What's the Worst Thing That's Woken You Up in the Dead of Night?"

A mouse ran over my chest in my sleep once. That was the year that the mice had won complete control of the flat, and could be seen at all hours of the day, nonchalantly strolling around as if they owned the place.

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:13 am 0