The great essayist Sallie Tisdale has been unjustifiably flying under the radar for years. Fortunately the The New Yorker recently did a profile on Tisdale, a reassessment of her importance, calling her work an antecedent to Eula Biss’ On Immunity, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, and Sarah Manguso’s Two Kinds of Decay. In all of her professions, past and present, as an abortion clinic nurse, a nurse in a cancer ward, as a writing teacher, or as a senior lay teacher of Buddhism at Dharma...Forward
In Narrow River, Wide Sky, the local writer mines her childhood culture shock in Colorado.
Jenny Forrester is the force behind Portland’s Unchaste Readers—a quarterly reading series for women, now in its fifth year—and an award-winning flash fiction writer. Her new memoir, Narrow River, Wide Sky (Hawthorne Books, May 1), is an unsentimental portrait of small-town Colorado, a formative environment that both oppressed her and shaped her identity. The book explores the complex forces of...Forward
In Narrow River, Wide Sky, Jenny Forrester traces her journey from growing up in a trailer in a small, conservative Colorado town to becoming a college-educated, feminist writer, and how that changes her relationships along the way. This is a moving memoir about how the influence of family can remain long after people drift apart, and how one never truly forgets the circumstances of one’s childhood.
Forrester’s relationship with her mother forms the core of the story; the book starts with...Forward
Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions have won a competitive auction for movie rights to Lidia Yuknavitch’s sci-fi novel “The Book of Joan.”
The book is a re-telling of the Joan of Arc saga in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. A group of rebels unite to dismantle the iron rule of a dictator, galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force.
Very little has felt as satisfying to watch as the famed white supremacist/founder of the “alt-right” movement, Richard Spencer getting clocked in the face during an interview last month. The clip spurned a fervent argument online about whether or not it’s okay to punch a neo-Nazi—but it goes without saying that as cathartic as punching a white supremacist in the face may be, it won’t get us much closer to figuring out how to reckon with them.
Talking with ex neo-Nazis themselves might, so...Forward
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