Feminist Boot Camp #301: Don’t Fear Criticism

The veiled insult. The I can’t find anything wrong with this book, but it stinks, so I’ll pepper it with backhanded compliments. I’ll show those people who can really write…

Feminist Boot Camp # 193: Marina Abramović, On Being Out of Control Emotionally & Physically

Sacrifice the body. A friend who coached soccer used to say this. She also said, nail it well the first time. Or, perhaps I am saying that she said that.…

The Gatekeepers and the Glass Ceiling, Notes Toward an Essay on The Count

  “The gatekeepers of literary culture—at least at magazines—are still primarily male.” If these gatekeepers are showing a gender bias, there’s not much room to make it up later. Let’s…

Because misogyny is everywhere!

Bat Barbie, ready to pounce! Patrolling the outer reaches of language… Bat Barbie has threatened to join the Poetics Listserv. She feels strongly that the power of humour and satire…

Paris Review’s DNA of Literature Reveals All

I’m a fan of the Paris Review. Who wouldn’t be? All those great interviews. Pretty heady stuff. Recently I noticed a newish feature, this DNA of Literature. Remarkably the Paris…