Just Do It
emilybooks: by Anonymous When I was 24, I took mushrooms at a party in a seedy part of Hollywood and got it on with a bunch of strangers in a hot tub. There’s nothing inherently wrong with mushrooms + strangers + hot tub + heeeey, but the situation was wrong for me, because I wasn’t really enjoying myself. My focus was on putting on a show and making other people happy, not myself. And these...
All the perfect drugs and superheros wouldn’t be enough to bring me up to...– Aimee Mann, “Humpty Dumpty”
I don’t think it’s terribly controversial to note that women, from a young age,...– Jennifer duBois, Writing Across Gender (via literarynerd)
Living did not mean one joy piled upon another. It was merely the hope for less...– Lorrie Moore, “Referential” (from The New Yorker, May 28, 2012)
Sunday Rumpus Fiction: Real Men - The Rumpus.net →
Beautiful story by Elissa Wald
Break All the Way Down by Roxane Gay →
I never know how to explain this properly to men but that, right there, is the...– The Rumpus Saturday Essay: Me Be Pretty One Day - The Rumpus.net A thing I wrote for the Rumpus today that no one will read because it is Memorial Day weekend! (via michelledean) I feel like I stalk Michelle Dean because I reblog her all the time. I’m trying to work through some similar...
I have managed to put my most wrinkled curtain in the most conspicuous place possible. I could shuffle it with the others so that it won’t be as noticeable or I could iron it or I could put it back in the dryer with a damp towel. (If I had been paying attention to the dryer in the first place…) But I’ll probably leave it there. Emblem of shame. It’s awful the work that...
THE WEEK IN GREED #7: The Money Shot →
I wish I didn’t like Steve Almond so much because I’m pissed at the person who originally recommended him to me. But there it is.
melissa tells me what it’s like to teach in...
citizenkerry: This is a series in which you help me learn about America. Melissa (daughter of Charles!) was born and raised in Iowa. She currently teaches in Chicago, in a high school that has been deemed a “drop-out factory,” where 100% of her students qualify for free or reduced lunch. I’ve always thought about becoming a teacher, and was curious to learn the realities of her job. I hope...
You are going to spend your whole life learning how to write, and then you are...– 9 Things I’ve Learned About Writing by Teaching Freshmen to Write (via bookriot)
Great stories are meant to be shared, not only by publishers but also by the...– Electric Literature’s New Magazine, Recommended Reading, Delivers the Power of Personal Recommendations (via rachelfershleiser) Very cool.
Two of the smartest inquiries into the psychopathology of paperwork were...– Ben Kafka, “Pushing Paper,” published in Lapham’s Quarterly Read the entire piece I agree with this wholeheartedly. Kafka makes many great points throughout.
Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems...– William Faulkner (via edensunday)
Esquire Publishing Men's Fiction E-Books -... →
michelledean: agrammar: jamiatt: “His definition of men’s fiction? Work that is ‘plot-driven and exciting, where one thing happens after another,’ he said. ‘And also at the same time, dealing with passages in a man’s life that seem common.’” It’s a good thing we lady writers are busy writing books that are boring, and where nothing happens. We wouldn’t want too much excitement. We might...
No other fear, not even that of ridicule, prevents me from writing these lines...– Colette, bloggin’ I kid, sort of. This is from Break of Day, in a possibly bad translation (“show surprise” “love-secrets”) that I bought on the sidewalk. This book is basically about being middle-aged Colette, living in Saint-Tropez, eating, gardening and taking a lot of interest in your cats’...
Guys I wanted to Fuck in High School:... →
Because I am obsessed with writing about teenagers and high school…