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Cigarettes After Sexism: The Shy-Boy Misogyny of Indie

Cigarettes After Sexism: The Shy-Boy Misogyny of Indie

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I spent most of high school wearing hoodies, reading guys like Salinger, and thinking about a girl called Laura, whose name is not really Laura.more

To Kill a Watchman

To Kill a Watchman

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During my last semester of graduate school, when MFA applications were pending, I was granted a sign from the literary gods. It came in the form of a poorly-worded tweet that was linked, forwarded, and tagged to me at least five times, all from different people: “RECENTLY DISCOVERED NOVEL FROM HARPER LEE, AUTHOR OF TOmore

How to Make a Snakeskin Bookmark

How to Make a Snakeskin Bookmark

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Step One: Find a Snakemore

The Language of Depression

The Language of Depression

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There is no quicker way to spiral downward as a depressive than to start thinking about all the things you want out of life, all the things you expect and desire for yourself. In Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig warns against getting lost in thinking about where you are in relation to where youmore

Curable by Marriage

Curable by Marriage

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“You can’t start here, you can’t admit this to anyone, for fear they’ll doubt your love is real…” more

Landmine

Landmine

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“Wife-beating has a unique and unforgettable sound, especially when it wakes you up in the middle of the night…”more

Launch and Recovery

Launch and Recovery

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My apology seemed odd and inadequate, considering the reality of American racism, about which I felt basically helpless.more

Field Test

Field Test

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“It’s like Grandpa told us,” my brother said. “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”more

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan

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“Being out of my mom’s house for the first time, surrounded by more cosmopolitan people I couldn’t relate to, deeply unsure of myself, I bonded with these albums. They told me there was a world out there not just for me to revere but emulate.”more

On Charles Bukowski

On Charles Bukowski

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Not every angel is going to come with a halo. Some are going to come carrying a sword and some a snake and some a bottle of port…more