THE DOCTOR’S TONGUE
Myriam Gurba maps her sexual miseducation in California schools, homes, and medical offices.
A woman’s pandemic relationship with a cat deepens her humanity.
HONORING OUR LITERARY ANCESTORS: ON ARCELIA AND GIOVANNI’S ROOM
Organizers of Giovanni's Room unite to honor literary ancestors
ON TONI MORRISON’S SPIRITUAL VISION: A CONVERSATION WITH NADRA NITTLE
In the last chapter of Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision: Faith, Folktales and Feminism in Her Life and Literature (Fortress Press, 2021), Nadra Nittle writes that “[by] placing…Black women storytellers, seers, healers, and root workers in pivotal roles in her ‘village literature,’ Morrison demonstrated that the African-based cultural practices [that Black women] engaged in had real power too.”
THE WORD YOU MAY BE LOOKING FOR IS “STALKING”
From “Bad Art Friend” to the Miya Marcano murder to reports of femicide, writers shy away from a crucial word: stalking.
WE ARE THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY
I thought about “domestic violence” going “on vacation” as I learned about the Petito case. I remembered trips I took with a patriarch whom I’ll refer to as F. The month before I escaped from F, we went on a road trip.
NONPROSECUTABLE: A REVIEW OF SHIORI ITO’S BLACK BOX
Through personal narrative, journalist, survivor, and activist Shiori Ito examines rape culture in Japan.
STORIES FOR STONERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIJUANERA MALA MUÑOZ
“A chick who smokes a lot of weed” ranks as Urban Dictionary’s top definition for a delicious and underused word: marijuanera. Still, though this explanation is on point, UD’s sample sentence, “dat bitch is a straight up marijuanera,” paints a less than holistic picture of this hazy figure. Enter Mala Muñoz. Mala is, without a doubt, a Chicana who smokes her fair share of mota.
POCAS PERO LOCAS, EPISODE 3: “WASSUP, M’IJA?”
After a gang unit stopped my 14 year old cousin for driving in a stolen hoopty, they took her to Eastlake Juvenile Hall and handed her over to a new abuser: a cop. This series is published in weekly installments and you are about to begin EPISODE III.
POCAS PERO LOCAS, EPISODE 2: CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE HOMIES’ SOUL
PART TWO: “NO RESPECT!” In the summer of 1990, my 14-year-old prima traveled from city to country. Desiree took the same method of transportation my grandma Arcelia used to get from México to us, the bus, and by the time my cousin clambered aboard that northbound coach, a new family had secretly claimed her.
Pocas Pero Locas: Two Chicana Primas Tell it Right
Myriam Gurba writes about her cousin Desiree, female gangsters, cholas, Mexican bad asses with big hair, and the criminalization of survivors. Part one of three.
Her Taste For Speed: Rachel Kushner’s ‘The Hard Crowd’
The adult things that we covet shape the adults we become.
Matt Gaetz: An Extraordinarily Ordinary Creep
Most girls are hurt by ordinary men, mundane fuckers who often seem very 'nice' during their public-facing interactions.