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busgypsy:

Since we must and do write each our own way, we may during actual writing get more lasting instruction not from another’s work, whatever its blessings, however better it is than ours, but from our own poor scratched-over pages. For these we can hold up to life. That is, we are born with a mind and heart to hold each page up to, and to ask: is it valid? The first act of insight is throw away the labels. In fiction, while we do not necessarily write about ourselves, we write out of ourselves, using ourselves; what we learn from, what we are sensitive to, what we feel strongly about—these become our characters and go to make our plots. Characters in fiction are conceived from within, and they have, accordingly, their own interior life; they are individuals every time. ~Eudora Welty

busgypsy:

Since we must and do write each our own way, we may during actual writing get more lasting instruction not from another’s work, whatever its blessings, however better it is than ours, but from our own poor scratched-over pages. For these we can hold up to life. That is, we are born with a mind and heart to hold each page up to, and to ask: is it valid? The first act of insight is throw away the labels. In fiction, while we do not necessarily write about ourselves, we write out of ourselves, using ourselves; what we learn from, what we are sensitive to, what we feel strongly about—these become our characters and go to make our plots. Characters in fiction are conceived from within, and they have, accordingly, their own interior life; they are individuals every time. ~Eudora Welty

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Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain | VQR Online

There’s a reason this little paperback book of essays called The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison made it to the NY Times bestseller list in its first week. I’m reading every bit of it that’s online while I wait for my copy to be delivered. This essay is so well written, so gently piercing; such searing solace.

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Sex Workers Can Speak for Themselves

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Kima Jones

30xlace:

fresh

because the blood resumes
fresh like
flowers i sucked from
grandparents said
nectar lived there
afternoons
we tested our faith
in stories of birds
and bees

but
bees lied.

the blood resumes

month
and then again
month
there will be
more
blood
but no babies

i never learned these…

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I worry. I worry that every man who left me went because of the doors I open after too much wine. I have never owned much, and I’ve never stayed around long, and I never tell anyone I’m going. I, too, tremble a tendency toward chaos, and I fear I’m living a life based on third-drink decisions. I write myself as a drunk and disheveled woman because it’s the only way I know how to keep her at bay. So yes, I use words to avoid my life. But it’s the opposite of hiding.

Third Drink Decisions by Jill Talbot (via therumpus)

This is a great essay

(via newindesmoines)

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wordbookstores:

We Recommend: The UnAmericans  by Molly Antopol (ebook available)

"Molly Antopol’s debut collection of short stories is…flawless. Her fully realized characters navigate both families and historical politics with a quiet rawness that will leave you wishing there were 80 stories in this book rather than the modest 8. Antopol stacks up with other short story masters like Carver, Lahiri, and Moore. I dare you not to love her." 

—Kelly

I’ve got this on hold at the library. Looking forward to it.