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‘The Queue,’ Illuminates Barriers to Liberation and Community-Building

I wanted to start with a quick shoutout to PodCastle, which won Best Fiction Podcast of 2017 from the Academy of Podcasters last month! As the only local editor, I somehow ended up onstage accepting the award on behalf of the full team. In many ways, I am just getting started in my role at PodCastle, but I’m incredibly impressed by the commitment of the lead editors to uplift diverse writing voices, both on the editorial and submissions side. I recently finished The Queue, a book where bo ...

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Navigating the Body Through Roxane Gay’s Hunger

Trigger warning: This post discusses harassment, sexual violence, body image, and disordered eating. I already knew this situation. I heard his heavy footsteps behind me, his gruff voice calling at me, demanding my attention. He shouted for me to turn around, and he grew angrier and angrier that I wouldn't, that I wasn't stopping for him, wasn't acknowledging his interest. My body was a lighting wire of tense energy. It wasn't the middle of the night, but it wasn't the middle of the ...

The Micro-Governments of Infomocracy

Real politics these days is exhausting. And sometimes the utility of trying to keep up with the news — especially in terms of my mental health and energy — is a bit dubious. So, maybe it's not a surprise that I've been thinking about a book that looks at the merits and issues of a completely different vision of governance. Malka Older's Infomocracy takes place in a world several years past where we are now. There are few country borders left, and instead former political structures have b ...

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Post-VONA Reflection

I've always been someone who struggles not to silence herself. I fought a little internal skirmish in trying to decide whether it was "worth it" to post anything about my VONA experience, when I felt sure my words would fall flat. I fear trite words, over-generalizations, and cliches in describing such a profound space. But I am a learning writer, and you can't grow without falling flat a few times. Besides, that's what VONA is all about, isn't it? Risking. Learning. Growing. I knew I had ...

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5 Reasons Why I Watched Netflix’s ‘3%’ Series

Source: Agonybooth.com. I stumbled onto "3%" the same way I find out about a lot of Netflix shows — by previewing the shows recommended to me by its algorithms. Often, I'll try out a show for an episode or two and decide it's not worth anything further, but this one got me hooked, and I wanted to spend some time thinking about why exactly that is. Here's what I decided: 1) It’s super entertaining. I loved The Hunger Games series, and I have to admit that what initially attracted me to t ...