June 18, 2018
At a Dinner Party for White (Wo)men
[T]he other plates are creatively imagined vaginas…The Sojourner Truth plate is the only one in the collection that shows—instead of a vagina—a face.
Alice Walker, in response to Judy Chicago’s 1970 exhibit The Dinner Party
Everyone else is invited to meet their vaginas—
different denominations and ...
June 14, 2018
Three Minute Review: Burgess on Jackson
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2017)
1.) What book is this book’s frenemy?
They’re all the other books about small, quirky southern towns where everyone knows who just clipped their toenails and how short. While Joshilyn Jackson’s The Almost Sisters (Harper Collins 2017) shares some DNA with those books, it doesn’t feel ...
June 09, 2018
On the Fatal Effects of Female Curiosity and Disobedience
It is not a box but a jar. This is a mistake in translation that doesn’t much matter.
Prometheus was not curious. He was a thief. This is a crime and so he is punished, duly.
Zeus tells Hephaestus and Athene to build the first woman from the moist soil of earth, and each god ...
June 04, 2018
It’s terrible what’s happening there
people say, if it comes up I’m Syrian
when my daughter mentions her “Sito”
or I’m microwaving my kibbe at work.
And it is. But I don’t need to tell you.
You’ve heard the numbers of the dead.
You’ve seen the mothers turned grey.
I never know what to say because I’m Syrian-
American, and I know ...