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We Talkin’ ‘Bout Genre

January 22, 2014
We Talkin’ ‘Bout Genre

Richard Sherman talked smack after a football game and the internet exploded. Of course, because it is the internet, the conversation has mostly been about 1) whether or not Sherman was right or wrong to say what he said and 2) the extent to which his race, class, and biography (son of a garbage...
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Souffrante and Unpresentable

June 6, 2013
Souffrante and Unpresentable

“Madame Ratignolle was to the last degree souffrante and unpresentable”– Kate Chopin, The Awakening At the end of The Awakening, the very pregnant Madame Ratignolle goes into what was then called her “confinement,” a ritualistic period of privacy and restricted movement that both promised to ensure the safe delivery of a baby and hid...
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Best Nap in American Literature

January 22, 2013
Best Nap in American Literature

How do you like to nap? For me, it’s like this: on top of the covers (never under the covers) with an extra blanket over me. Light outside (never nap when dark), with some sort of filtering of the light that is coming into the room. Some noise in the background. No socks and...
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Battleground State

November 1, 2012
Battleground State

By the logic of 2012’s “Personhood” rhetoric, I am currently keeping five of my son’s siblings in a freezer along 7th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We don’t visit them often. This is, of course, a deliberately absurd example. It’s meant to press upon a spot where the increasingly extreme antiabortion rhetoric issuing from nationally-elected...
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Baby, Boom

September 5, 2012
Baby, Boom

On Friday, we will celebrate my son being born and me nearly dying. I assure you that it will be a happy day: my son is a light bringer for sure. But it will also be the first anniversary of my almost-dying. I’m really going back and forth on “that whole thing.” When we...
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