An Open Letter to the Literary Community, American Letters are in crisis. With the recent election, I’ve seen our community struggle with all the things we got wrong. For decades, we’ve told young writers not to be “political” in their writing, which somehow transformed into “don’t write about anything important. Only write in ways that … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Literary Community
Unicorns are awesome. I believe most aspects of our culture to be toxic and in favor of creating wealth for the rich while preventing most people from living fulfilling, meaningful lives. Human flourishing isn't a priority at all. In fact, in the past, major employers tested out shorter work hours and discovered that when people … Continue reading What’s Up With All the Unicorns?
Currently included in What Does It Mean to Be While in America by 2Leaf Press. The Nothing PBS is helping adopted children “connect with their culture.” The children who need to discover their roots are, of course, non-white. I skim the article with a fury I know is un-PC. I’ve tip-toed around this problem, afraid … Continue reading The Nothing
Originally appeared in Grist Journal Issue 6 (2013). Top 25 Most Played You discovered this odd option on iTunes a few years back when you still lived in Illinois. iTunes had a preset playlist of your top 25 most played songs. You clicked and expected Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses, and The Pixies. You were … Continue reading Top 25 Most Played
This essay originally appeared in Yemasse Issue 19.2 (Spring/Summer 2012) Bethany Is Dead You can’t touch death. You can’t hold it in your arms. You can’t stroke it. It’s not a tree or a fork or a puppy. It’s like zero, which seems like a number, but isn’t really anything at all. It’s the air … Continue reading Bethany Is Dead
What Is a Witch? What is a witch but a hag, an unruly woman, a spinster, a crone, any woman who exerts her own power and right to exist and act how she wants without the approval of the patriarchy? They try to burn us at the stake, hang us, drown us, imprison us, throw … Continue reading What Is A Witch?
I can't really get into the reasons why this is a VITAL Question, but please, dear readers, comment below to say what kind of witch you think I am. If you know me in person, know me professionally, or only know my work, it's fine. Please, be honest and describe what sort of witch you … Continue reading What Kind of Witch Am I?
It is totally worth pointing out that when I first started putting this site together, I deleted one million preinstalled widgets and also the "blog" portion. I had zero intentions of saying anything about anything that wasn't simply linking to my stories and essays and maybe interviews I've done or will do or am doing. … Continue reading More On The Big Head Debate
It's occasionally suggested to me that I have a big head. This suggestion is usually offered by either my partner, who is a wizard, or occasionally by my best friend, who is also a wizard, and an editor. Wizards have a really big problem with barging into places, giant heads first, and declaring this and … Continue reading A Big Head
Are you reading these? Why? Why not, really? I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm not a web developer, but I am also too much of a weird control freak to just let someone else do this for me, though they've offered to for free. Do I have trust issues? Am I paranoid? More … Continue reading How Many To Read? How Many To Write?