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I’m not pregnant, I’m just fat

I’m not pregnant, I’m just fat

Newsflash! I don’t have a flat stomach! This does not—and it bears repeating—this does not mean I am pregnant. It means I don’t have a flat stomach. Like most women. (And even if I were pregnant, that’s none of your fracking business. Because you’re a complete stranger or someone I met three times, briefly, and...

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

I have never read a single book with a title like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Tiger’s Wife or The General’s Daughter, etc. (There’s a Goodreads list of all 65 books that use this awful, cliched convention.) Some of these are probably good. Maybe even feminist or subversive. But I can’t get past the...

Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

In April, I reviewed Good Indian Girls by Ranbir Singh Sidhu, and mentioned specifically his exacting use of detail, purposeful use of violence, and sharp examination of the ways cultures intersect. Good Indian Girls garnered critical praise from Kirkus, Barnes & Noble, and a host of literary icons. Sidhu has won a Pushcart Prize and...

#FridayReads: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (audio)

#FridayReads: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (audio)

Karen Russell’s second book is tragically strange and lush with beautiful prose. It follows the Bigtree family, who own an alligator-themed park where all the alligators are named Seth. After the star alligator wrestler (and mother of the narrators) dies of cancer, Swamplandia! declines, eclipsed by a newer, slicker park called World of Darkness. The...

Nature blog: Heaven presents a mystery

Nature blog: Heaven presents a mystery

This post originally appeared on April 8, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...