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Rachel McCumber: A Bad Blog Post by a Bad Writer

It is often frowned upon in art school to say your work is bad before you present it. They say “you are setting yourself up for disappointment and you should appreciate whatever you create.” While I agree with that statement, I also don’t. Before…

November 5, 2019
Essays

Kathleen McGookey

Errand In the self-checkout lane, the man ahead of us couldn’t scan his milk and eggs.  He smelled like smoke.  The clerk tried to fix the jam, but he exploded, that fucking machine!  She repeated the insult under her breath as she hurried past.  She was shorter than me…

November 5, 2019
Essays

Rachel McCumber

Three Essays   The Day Kylie Jenner Became the Youngest Self-Made Billionaire   “Hi. I’m calling back from Student Counseling Services. Is this Rachel?” I turned the volume up on my phone because two men next to me on the train were talking loudly…

November 5, 2019
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Brigitte Riordan: On Writing and Food

  The Tasting Menu Reads Like a Novel I haven’t read many books this past year, but I’ve read countless menus. I’ve learned something about storytelling through eating.  Eating from a tasting menu at a fine dining restaurant is like reading a novel: it’s…

November 5, 2019
Essays

Dorothy Walton

Funeral for a Tree   Actually, two of them got the chop that day. They were joined at the hip, a ropy, ossified root hidden beneath the soil where no one could see just what they were up to until the chainsaw execution was…

October 30, 2019
Book Reviews

Timothy Parfitt reviews Rachel Z. Arndt’s book, Beyond Measure

  Beyond Measure Rachel Z. Arndt Sarabande, $15.95 190 pages   It might be fitting, given Beyond Measure’s subject matter, to critique it by ascribing a point value (ignoring for a moment that Punctuate. doesn’t employ a Pitchfork-style rating system). For Rachel Z. Arndt’s debut essay…

October 30, 2019
Essays

Mauri Pollard Johnson

On Not Eating It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality. . . . But it was a real experience.” —Virginia Woolf  There are necessary evils that exist in everyone’s life.  Here are a list of mine: The ACT. Standardized testing.…

May 28, 2019
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Rachel Martin: Emulating an Author

“Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten . . . managed to shake [Richard] Brautigan from his creative death and together they produced seven improvised drawings, which Hoogstraten kept in his archives.”   When asked, “What author do you emulate in your own writing?” Well, that’s rather…

November 20, 2019