Kirkus Reviews


What are some upcoming trends for the next year? I don’t pay that much conscious attention to trends in seeking out writers. That said, I’ve noticed an interest in the occult lately with books like Alex Mar’s Witches of America, Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire, and Mira Ptacin’s forthcoming book, The In-Betweens. There’s also been a surge in the appeal of Clarice Lispector, who was thought of as a witch in her time and writes with a lucid, mystical interiority. This trend seems to reflect an in

Pride Itinerary for Queers Who Don't Like Fun

If extraterrestrials were to observe Pride, they might gain the false impression that all queers are very fun and also love Verizon, or Verizon loves them—it’s hard to say. I’ll have you know, dear aliens, that queerness comes in every form under our sun (your star). This Pride itinerary is for queers like me, who are not fun, but still damn proud. 6 AM All gather in a room and read The Well of Loneliness, silently and to ourselves, while eating steel-cut oats and raisins (separate dishes). (Ka
The Feminist Wire

Poem by Greta Moran

Definitive List of Things That Are and Are Not Feminist Clouds: yeah, extremely feminist. I feel liberated just thinking about them. Monuments: no, especially when they draw attention away from the landscape Sun: not feminist, too gravitationally controlling of other planets Moon’s relationship with the ocean: highest level of feminist discourse Space: yes, very feminist, even with the sun included Hurricanes: just the eye of the storm is feminist Secondary colors: yes, could not be more
The Atlantic

When Medicine and Faith Define Death Differently

Thirteen-year-old Ezadin Mahmoud was pronounced dead on August 27th, 2014, in Portland, Maine. His heart was beating and his breath was still warm, but his brain stem had been severed. He had been practicing backflips with his brothers when he landed on his head. If radioactive tracers were inserted in his veins, it would show his blood rerouting around the swollen brain stem, like water moving around a dead log. One might note how his pupils failed to respond to light. If removed from the venti
Stirring: A Literary Collection


SUBLIMATION someday, when I am ready, I hope to be born into a ring of dead stars, circling the universe, unseen. physicists may detect an unequalizing force in the atmosphere that they cannot trace to known matter. no one will expect me to explain myself; humans are the only creatures who spend half their lives explaining their lives to each other. neighboring trees get to know each other by detecting where the other tree has taken up nutrients and sunl
Edible Seacoast

In Search of the Wild Dulse

For chef Evan Hennessey, seaweed not only shapes the flavor of his dishes, but is also key to shaping what he calls a “new New England” food culture. After combing the Rye cove for half an hour, chef Evan Hennessey has found what he is seeking. He dips his hand under the low, tidal water to pull out a burgundy, iridescent piece of seaweed and then holds it up proudly, for his friend and me to see. He grips it by the base, so its wide, smooth fronds—the leafy part—lifts in the wind, spreading ou
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