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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
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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