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Catherine Chung: The Vast and the Intricate
The author discusses the limits of identity, the power of ownership, and the narrative beauty of math. The post Catherine Chung: The Vast and the Intricate appeared first on Guernica.
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Before the Shaking Starts
Living in the shadow of Utah’s next big earthquake. The post Before the Shaking Starts appeared first on Guernica.
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Stay and Fight
From the moment I met my son, blue as a cave troll, coated in vernix, gasping in the new air, my mission became to not undo all he was born with. The post Stay and Fight appeared first on Guernica.
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Ayesha Harruna Attah: “I Write to Find out Who I Am”
How the discovery of an ancestor named only “the slave” inspired the Ghanaian author’s latest novel The post Ayesha Harruna Attah: “I Write to Find out Who I Am” appeared first on Guernica.
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The Book of X
I look at her hands, their nails, which are short, unpainted, best for working lemon against wall. The post The Book of X appeared first on Guernica.
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Kristen Arnett: It Starts With An Image
The writer on depicting experienced sex scenes, finding humor in the absurd, and the exciting possibilities of the gross. The post Kristen Arnett: It Starts With An Image appeared first on Guernica.
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Wayne Koestenbaum: “I Use Obscene As A Term Of Praise.”
Critic, essayist, and poet Wayne Koestenbaum talks about the reissue of his only novel to date, Circus, while offering a glimpse of his art works, unpublished writings, and family archive. The post Wayne Koestenbaum: “I use obscene as a term of prai
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Crimes of Opportunity: (Excerpts from Maggie Brown & Others)
We’d never seen the Buddha before and we’d searched my grandfather’s drawers hundreds of times. (I was especially drawn to what he called his French postcards, topless women posing like kittens.) The post Crimes of Opportunity: (Excerpts from Maggie
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An Infrastructure of Innocence
On a trip to Alabama, reckoning with monuments, myths, and To Kill a Mockingbird. The post An Infrastructure of Innocence appeared first on Guernica.
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Beautiful In The Distance
The tick doesn’t know that it is strong enough to kill a full-grown human. It only knows that it is hungry. The post Beautiful in the Distance appeared first on Guernica.
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Where Disease Stopped and My Brother Began
Coming to terms with a sibling's suicide. The post Where Disease Stopped and My Brother Began appeared first on Guernica.
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The Power of High Heels
Not necessarily for the male gaze, heels can exemplify an assertive personality, a refusal to be ignored. The post The Power of High Heels appeared first on Guernica.
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Becoming a Map for Survival: Interview with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
The writer on resisting racist ableist erasure in her latest essay collection about disability justice. The post Becoming a Map for Survival: Interview with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha appeared first on Guernica.
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Viet Thanh Nguyen: Writing to Re-member
The author discusses the refugee crisis, US foreign policy, and the problem of ‘narrative scarcity’ for marginalized and minority populations. The post Viet Thanh Nguyen: Writing to Re-member appeared first on Guernica.
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How I Wrote Certain of My (Fake) Poems
The author of Loudermilk reflects on “the weirdest form of history writing” she's ever done. The post How I Wrote Certain of My (Fake) Poems appeared first on Guernica.
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Case History: Anna Agrees to an Autopsy
“After you die,” Sadiq says, “the doctors want to study your body. To see how you lived so long.” The post Case History: Anna Agrees to an Autopsy appeared first on Guernica.
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The Paper Wasp
The sun was ruthless, impressing a sense of danger with each step I took away from the road. The heat was primordial, baking through my skin, drying my muscle and bones, desiccating everything but my darkest, wettest core. The post The Paper Wasp app
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In the Grass
Those third and fourth nights, I cried and wailed. On the morning of the fifth day, my eyes were so swollen my father took one look at me and said, “Shiori, your face—it looks like the goldfish put a curse on you.” The post In the Grass appeared firs
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Bead, Bed, and Alley
On a trip to Berlin, the spin of the moon, and the generosity of the artist The post Bead, Bed, and Alley appeared first on Guernica.
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Doppelgängers
Later, when the rest of the girls said they were dipping out to another bar, Fiona stayed behind. “Use a condom!” Tish had whispered in her ear before giving her a slap on the butt, like a coach sending a player out on the field. The post Doppelgänge
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Guadalupe Nettel And The Extraterritoriality Of Latin America
In “After the Winter,” the novelist imagines a new relationship with ghosts, literary and otherwise. The post Guadalupe Nettel and the Extraterritoriality of Latin America appeared first on Guernica.
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Dream Seminar
Every dream is crowded with faces and bodies— / there are more dreamed people than there are us. The post Dream Seminar appeared first on Guernica.
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Mr. Rain Jacket
Homeless, solitary, and schizophrenic, my brother had nothing to shield him from everybody else. The post Mr. Rain Jacket appeared first on Guernica.
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Arundhati Roy: “Literature Provides Shelter”
In this year’s PEN America Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, Arundhati Roy spoke about the power of literature to challenge governments. The post Arundhati Roy: “Literature provides shelter” appeared first on Guernica.
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Lil Spin
After the blunt, I started trippin’, watching seagulls flyin’ on high. When I looked straight at the sun, everything glowed, way mellow, way marola. The post Lil Spin appeared first on Guernica.
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Six Writers On The Power Of Telling The Truth
At a panel at this year’s PEN America World Voices Festival, six writers discuss the empowering effects of sharing difficult experiences. The post Six Writers on the Power of Telling the Truth appeared first on Guernica.
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Two “Artists Of The Air” On The Limits Of Time And Space
At a panel at this year’s PEN America World Voices Festival, high-wire walker Phillippe Petit and extreme-action pioneer Elizabeth Streb discuss their death-defying art. The post Two “Artists of the Air” on the Limits of Time and Space appeared firs
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Five Poets Reflect On The Life And Work Of Yusef Komunyakaa
At a panel at this year’s PEN America World Voices Festival, five poets discuss the pain and self-actualization in the poems of Komunyakaa. The post Five Poets Reflect on the Life and Work of Yusef Komunyakaa appeared first on Guernica.
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Letters to Mothers: Crones, Hags, Witches, and Killjoys
Mother’s Day is a joke we are all in on, and yet it continues—straight-faced, deadly serious, and poisoned. The post Letters to Mothers: Crones, Hags, Witches, and Killjoys appeared first on Guernica.
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Terese Svoboda: Writing the Desert
The author and translator on the changing American region that shaped her thinking. The post Terese Svoboda: Writing the Desert appeared first on Guernica.
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