When She Woke

When She Woke

In When She Woke, an antibiotic-resistant STD that gives men no symptoms but leaves women infertile and a nuclear terrorist attack on Los Angeles in near-future America have unleashed a social response so conservative that the United States has become a theocratic caricature of itself. Steep economic decline coupled with isolated technological advances and near-martial […]

The Female of The Species

The Female of The Species

I picked up Mindy McGinnis’ The Female of The Species because of its blurb on Amazon: Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a relentless and riveting contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner. Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three […]

Dietland; Or: FUCK YES!

Dietland; Or: FUCK YES!

I cannot *begin* to express my love for the wonder that is Dietland. It is a gleeful, triumphant, satisfying FUCK YOU to all the shit that makes a woman’s life small or stifling or treacherous. It is Angela Davis’s iconic fist in the air, with a middle finger proudly raised. It is righteously noncompliant. Dietland […]

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

One of the things I’m learning about grief is how many different ways it manifests. I can easily recognize the Kübler-Ross stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance), but their subtleties and non-linear presentation often surprise me. One of these surprising things is my complete loss of critical faculties. I can still read for enjoyment, but […]

The Problem With Privilege

I am white, well-educated, comfortably middle-class. This country was made by people who look like me for people who look like me. Its systems work great for people like me. It has allowed me to be upwardly mobile, to essentially live out the idealized American Dream without much more in my way than a little […]

The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison, and Pursuit

Reason number 187 why we made the right choice on Grandma’s assisted living community is the library. Every time I’m there, I spot a handful of titles intriguing enough for me to download samples onto my Kindle right then and there. The latest is a strange, true story I probably never would have picked up, if […]

An Untamed State; Or, [Stunned Silence]

I have so much to say about An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay, and yet I have no words. I will try. An Untamed State is the story of Mirielle, a woman who is kidnapped for ransom and brutally, incomprehensibly, raped and tortured during her captivity. It is told from Mirielle’s first-person perspective, as she […]

Yellow Crocus; Or, Well, Isn’t That Nice?

I have a beef with Laila Ibrahim’s Yellow Crocus, and I can’t decide if it’s legit or if I’m being an asshole. Yellow Crocus chronicles the lives of Mattie and Lisbet. Mattie, a slave, was Lisbet’s nurse. I did enjoy Yellow Crocus…and that’s sort of my problem. It was too easy to enjoy. A narrative […]

What’s Up With Charleston?

After the video of Walter Scott’s murder broke on Tuesday, I asked a friend who had lived in Charleston for a while for her thoughts on what happened. Her answer was so insightful and thorough that I’m going to post the whole thing here. If you have questions or comments, she’s offered to jump in […]

Fuck Da Po-lice! Or, On The Privileges Of Being Arrested While White

John Mulaney does this hilarious bit about a party he went to when he was in high school that got crashed by the cops. Listen to it; it’s funny. In the story, Mulaney goes to a kid’s house for a party, and they all get waaaaaaasssssttttttted. As a result of their rowdiness, the cops were […]