I found Backyard Foraging by Ellen Zachos while browsing through Broadway Books. I’ve read many food foraging guides, most with far more detail than this book, so I didn’t expect Backyard Foraging to be as mind-blowing as it turned out to be. It’s not a very traditional foraging guide. Most guides cover wild plants exclusively, […]Read more "Backyard Foraging"
People ask women dumb questions. Extremely annoying dumb shit. Like the summer after my freshman year when I went to open a checking account. The woman at Bank of Satan, I mean Bank of America, asked me not what my major was, not how college had been, but did I have a boyfriend? Having just […]Read more "What Would Daria Say?"
Rachel Durchslag founded the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) in 2006. Six years later, CAASE is transforming Chicago’s response to prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual assault. To learn more, go to http://www.caase.org. Q. Why do you do what you do? A. I saw a film about human trafficking, and I was haunted. Then I found Chicago was […]Read more "Interview with Rachel Durchslag"
It’s gross that I even have to write this. Recently, Portland Whiskey Bar DJ Nathaniel Knows got more attention than he bargained for when other local DJ’s caught wind of a racially charged image he was using to promote his ‘Whiskey Wednesday’ night on his personal Facebook. (I’m not posting the image here, but if […]Read more "It’s Called Intersectionality. Look it Up."
When I was twenty, I had one burning desire: I wanted to be butch. I found the butches at my college irresistibly attractive: their slouched jeans, their white t-shirts. There was a je ne sais quoi about their baseball caps, perfectly frayed and cocked to one side. I was newly out, and I was in […]Read more "When I Grow Up I Want to Be Butch"
I became fascinated by Alice Temple upon first seeing her back. It was last summer in L.A. at a rock ‘n roll photograph exhibit when I saw a short mussed haired woman facing away from the camera, her back bare except for a large skull tattoo. Maybe it was the hair or the ink or […]Read more "Alice’s Back"
There are movies you love. There are movies you quote. And there are movies that render what you expect out of life. For me, one of those giant influential movies was Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. The movie was released in 1997, two years before I started high school. But watching Lisa Kudrow and […]Read more "Time After Time"
As a young woman, my mother’s long auburn hair
swept the back of her thighs
and the wind pulled it behind her
like the dark, red scream
of a horse’s mane.
(Read Part I here) “Welcome to Anchorage, Kevin. Now, let’s get the fuck out of here before my ex-wives find out I’m here.” That’s how Captain introduced himself to me when he picked me up from the airport. He had a white beard and wore a blue knit cap pulled down tight over his head. […]Read more "Sirens Part II"