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Women We Read This Week

Kim Brooks' "The Day I Left My Son in the Car" in Salon "Every year, 30 to 40 children, usually under the age of six, die after being left alone in cars." We've all heard these excruciating news stories, and like probably everyone who read Brooks' essay, I thought this was going to be one of them. I admit that's what drew me to it. Brooks doesn't suspend us for long; by ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Rachele Kanigel’s "The Shadow Sex" in San Francisco magazine On November 4 of last year, Fleischman, who identifies as agender—neither male nor female—was set on fire while sleeping on an AC Transit bus on the way home from school. A surveillance camera captured video of another teen igniting Fleischman’s skirt with a lighter, and the following day police ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Rose Lichter-Marck's "Vivian Maier and the Problem of Difficult Women" in The New Yorker Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago between the nineteen-fifties and the nineteen-seventies. She took hundreds of thousands of photos in New York, France, South America, and Asia and, like some modern-day Emily Dickinson, she showed her artwork to almost no one. It was only ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Eva Saulitis's "Wild Darkness" in Orion For the past twenty-six years, Eva Saulitis has hiked trails along streams in Prince William Sound observing humpbacked salmon. She sees the salmon cycle through her own experience with incurable metastatic breast cancer. Saulitis is a whale researcher, and in September, when the salmon are spawning and dying, she’s at the end ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Alice Bolin's "The Oldest Story: Toward a Theory of a Dead Girl Show," in the Los Angeles Review of Books I like True Detective the way I like Bad Brains--I appreciate the artistry while at the same time maintaining criticism of of the inherent misogyny/homophobia/what-have-you. Unlike Bad Brains, though, I don't think True Detective pushes any aesthetic or cultural ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Erica Wagner's "Life and death at his fingertips: watching a brain surgeon at work" in The New Statesman This was published last month, but it popped up on my radar this week, and I'm very glad it did. On one level, it's a riveting portrait of a neurosurgeon. Wagner writes fluently about a world that's fascinating but entirely alien to me; at one point, observing a ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ "Resegregation in the American South" in The Atlantic Focusing on the experiences of three generations of Tuscaloosa, Alabama residents, Nikole Hannah-Jones paints a depressing and accurate picture of resegregation in the American South. She addresses the very real fact that, despite Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, segregation is still very ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

"It's Always Spilling Over the Edges": Jamie Green interviews Leslie Jamison on BuzzFeed I've been loving Leslie Jamison's essays from her new collection, The Empathy Exams, that have come out recently in The Believer and Harper's. They're narratives that plunge into the frustrating world of doctor-patient communication and the vulnerability of a patient's narrative. ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Rachel Monroe's "Fire Behavior" in Oxford American Read enough literary journalism and it becomes easy to trace the intentions and arguments of a piece from the start; this transparency, established in tidy lede and nut graf, doesn't necessarily mean a piece won't contain surprises or complexity, but does tend to establish a certain predictability. Readers must keep ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Donna Seaman’s "Turning out the lights just isn’t going to do it" in Creative Nonfiction In the movie Bang the Drum Slowly, there’s a card game called “The Exciting Game without Any Rules,” and I think that’s a good description of writing in general. It’s true of nonfiction writing in the sense that you are at the mercy of events. You go out, and you ... [Continue Reading]