Post Periodical

electric literature creates interspaces for experimentation

The debut issue of the online journal Electric Literature is essentially composed of a series of black web pages filled with bright, neon slogans floating around the margins. One such slogan, “reading that is bad for you,” is pasted to the side of the “About” page like an advertisement. Electric Literature is proudly not high art….

Nice Things and Terrible Things

“‘Where I come from,’ said Archie, ‘a bloke likes to get to know a girl before he marries her.’” “‘Where you come from it is customary to boil vegetables until they fall apart. This does not mean,’ said Samad tersely, ‘that it is a good idea.’” – White Teeth Nice Things Wriston Quad Farmers’ Market:…


The (Sex)Lives of Others

an intimate look at space, surprises, and the sexile

Sex, perhaps especially in college, can become public in some unexpected ways. Case in point: my freshman year, Boy X and I were interrupted post-coitus by his roommate. Not that bad, right? Well, in tow were several other (very drunk) members of the athletic team both boys were on, and they proceeded to turn the…

Long Distance

notes on matthew shepard and the laramie project

My personal best long jump, recorded during my freshman year of high school, was seventeen feet, six inches—enough to win a bid to the state championship. I loved running and jumping: moving because I was moving me. I eventually eschewed track for theatre; I was tired of skittering my then-skinny twig legs around the world…

No More Casual Fridays

intimacy in the time of reality

This summer a friend introduced me to my new favorite acronym— HALT. It’s borrowed from Alcoholics Anonymous and the four letters stand for the four states in which we make our worst decisions: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. I’ve since used this rubric to check myself when I’m on the verge of making all manner of…