Print’s dead,not text.

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A feminist novel, then, is one that not only deals explicitly with the stories and thereby the lives of women; it is also a novel that illuminates some aspect of the female condition and/or offers some kind of imperative for change and/or makes a bold or unapologetic political statement in the best interests of women.
Roxane Gay, "Theses on the Feminist Novel", Dissent Magazine Fall 2014 (via yeahwriters)

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White women’s feminisms still center around equality…. Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference. One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation.
Brittney Cooper | Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women (via america-wakiewakie)

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An ideal essay is hard to define, but easy to point to. An ideal essay mines the “I” in efforts of high exposition. It is driven by a need to testify or witness, and demands the same of its reader. It is a glimpse of something uncomfortably recognizable, a requiem for the quotidian, a look over the newly-gilded edge.
Samantha Tucker Iacovetto writes about “Defining the Ideal Essay” for Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog (via millionsmillions)

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Few sensible authors are happy discussing the creative process – it is, after all, black magic, and may lost its power if we look that particular gift horse too closely in the mouth.
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We’re in a culture where a critic can say not only “this is a bad book,” but “the writer is a bad person.” (And “the readers are bad, too!”) I don’t know what the answer is, but maybe it starts with paying attention. When you see something — “review” or “close reading” that’s about author, not book, where quotes aren’t from text but the author’s blog, say something. Examine your own assumptions, and the reviewer’s. Believe in women as authors, not just stenographers of their own lives. When you see a critic say, “It’s impossible to review Female Author’s new book without discussing her life,” ask — really? Really really?
A compilation of Jennifer Weiner’s tweets from this morning. Very astute. Read all of them here. (via yeahwriters)