Five Days at Memorial; Or: Holy Shit, You Guys

This week we commemorated the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but many of us may have forgotten that early September brings us the anniversary of another national tragedy. After reaching a maximum strength of a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Katrina made landfall over New Orleans as a Category 3 storm on the morning […]

Ninth Ward; Or, The “Resilience” Narrative of Poverty Reduction Can Fuck Right Off

Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Ninth Ward is a work of art in content and cover. Ninth Ward’s Lanesha is a 12-year old girl abandoned by her relatives and raised by the elderly midwife who birthed her, her mother having died in childbirth. Lanesha has “the sight,” an ability to perceive that which is beyond the physical. […]

Salvage The Bones; Or, Before Resurrection, There Is Death

I finished Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward weeks ago, but have been putting off writing about it because I haven’t known how to discuss it. I’m still not really sure. When I set out to read only women authors last September, my reasons were mostly outward-facing. I wanted to support the work of other […]

Your Monday Morning GIF Parade: There Is Not Going To Be a Bleeped Version Edition

So, I didn’t post a GIF parade this morning. After effects of the change from Daylight Savings to Standard Time, let’s say. A few hours ago, I probably would have made a couple of snappy little jokes about it now being a Monday Evening GIF Parade (that’s it. That’s the joke), but now my mood is […]