Does the ending have to work? Thinking about Joanne Harris’ Lollipop Shoes

Friends -- I'm trying to read more self-proclaimed magical realist novels this year, so that I can be a more educated writer AND reader. I'm also interested in the debates as to what is and what is not magical realism. As you know, I made it through 100 Years of Solitude, and just finished Joanne … Continue reading Does the ending have to work? Thinking about Joanne Harris’ Lollipop Shoes

Before I read Marquez– Kate Durbin, Anna Nicole Smith and the unreal heal

Dear friends -- I have not yet read 100 years of solitude. I know. It's a schande, as we say in Yiddish. How can a writer who works in MR, NOT have read this novel? I own it now, and I keep looking at it. I keep trying to start. But I can't start, because … Continue reading Before I read Marquez– Kate Durbin, Anna Nicole Smith and the unreal heal

the ones left behind: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Reyna Grande, 02/09/15 (coloring books project)

Friends -- I took a look at a memoir that Vickie Vertiz recommended to me. "It's about who gets left behind in that trip from Mexico to the US," I remember her saying. I always feel a bit anxious reading work about Mexico. I don't speak Spanish, and I am not originally from the West … Continue reading the ones left behind: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Reyna Grande, 02/09/15 (coloring books project)

Story Time Sunday special edition, 12/28/14 – my favorite feminist fictions of 2014

Friends – I just finished reading Dana Johnson’s novel Elsewhere, California. You have to read it. It’s generous, funny, sad, and heroic. If you are a writer who wants to write about race and class, you need to read this book. If you are a writer who wants to write about women artists, you need … Continue reading Story Time Sunday special edition, 12/28/14 – my favorite feminist fictions of 2014

Midweek mini-meditation: when the truth is stranger than fiction (and is also violent, dark, and is a videogame). March 5th 2014

Dear Friends of the Magical, the Surprising, the Weird and the Real: Over here at Magically Real HQ, we keep an eye out for the thing that sparks us -- the thing that makes us want to think, write, talk, and make work. Also teach. Also speak out when necessary. Also do laundry. We are … Continue reading Midweek mini-meditation: when the truth is stranger than fiction (and is also violent, dark, and is a videogame). March 5th 2014

the counter narrative proposed by Herculine Barbin

The mainstream narrative about girls in school tends to be pretty bleak. Interestingly, though, there's an important counter-narrative that Herculine Barbin participates in, and may even have played a role in starting. Take a look at the first half-hour of this famous feminist film, shot by a woman director in the early 1930's: Maedchen in … Continue reading the counter narrative proposed by Herculine Barbin

Storytime Sunday June 24, 2012 — dark and futurist (and slightly twisted)

Dear friends of the Unreal -- it's SO very sunny outside today where I live, and there's SO Much self-satisfied punditry circulating that I feel a little ornery.  Here's a link to my absolute favorite personal anti-hero, and a glimpse into her world. Vintage This piece appeared originally win NYCBigCityLit and I thank them so … Continue reading Storytime Sunday June 24, 2012 — dark and futurist (and slightly twisted)