Abby Walthausen

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Abby Walthausen's writing has appeared in The Public Domain Review, The Paris Review Daily, The Atlantic, Zocalo Public Square, Atlas Obscura, Common-place, Mutha, Extra Crispy, LARB, Electric Literature, and LitHub. Fictional work has been published by Gigantic, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Made in LA anthology, Santa Monica Review, Gulf Stream, and is forthcoming in Sycamore Review . She lives in Echo Park, Los Angeles where she guides a tour about twentieth-century printmaker Paul Landacre, and is at work on a novel, ST. CYR.


Cover Photo: A strange, fantastical, beautiful illustration of a smiling figure holding a head severed from its body
Illustrating at a Social Distance: On Beardsley, Wilde, and ‘Salome’

Maybe Beardsley’s illustrations are divergent because he, like everybody else, couldn’t quite understand what Wilde was going for in the play.

May 27, 2020
Cover Photo: A drawing of a young boy watching the stars
When Doodles Tell a Story Words Cannot

Drawing is a skill like reading, like writing, which can be learned by anyone regardless of talent. It is a mental discipline.

Apr 22, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of Charlotte from the 1973 animated film adaptation of Charlotte's Web: a feminized spider with two pairs of big eyes
Finding the Right Face for Charlotte in ‘Charlotte’s Web’

In insisting on an anatomically correct Charlotte, E. B. White was playing with fire: People hate real spiders.

Feb 04, 2020