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On Making Things Up: Some True Stories About Writing My Novel

“I want you to believe every single word I say, but don’t be fooled—I’m using lies to convince you.”

Feb 23, 2017
Losing My Voice and Finding It

In the quiet forced upon me, I started to hear the voices of other selves.

Feb 15, 2017
When Depression Is the Third In Your Relationship

Helium balloons, magic robot fairies, and dangerous myths about love.

A Conversation About Poetry and Tarot

“Both tarot and poems know what they know. Both have an ancient memory.”

Feb 08, 2017
Against Fame: On Publishing, Popularity, and Ambition

“The problem with fame is not its rarity; it’s that it is out of our control.”

Jan 26, 2017
In Praise of the Salon: Field Notes for the Aspiring Bluestocking

I witnessed how easily art might braid to politics, how easily fellowship might inspire movement.

Jan 25, 2017
How Solange and Morgan Parker Inspired Me to Write My Heroine

I thought I had to make myself smaller, quieter, in order to survive.

Dec 20, 2016
How to Write a Screenplay in a Café

“Whether or not I find the café I want, the screenplay is waiting.”

Dec 07, 2016
How I Made This Comic About How I Make My Comics: An Interactive Essay

“I channel the dancer, the musician, choreographing space, orchestrating time.”

Nov 23, 2016
A Conversation About Acne

“How much money do you think you’ve spent on acne treatment shit in your lifetime?”

The Palette Knife; or, How I Rewrote My Book

It wasn’t a matter of finding my voice, but listening to it. It had been there all along.

Oct 19, 2016
What I Think of the Fact That You Keep Asking Me What My Family Thinks of My Writing

When men create characters based on themselves, they are innovative; when women do it, they’re shaming their families.

Oct 18, 2016
The Making of a Comics Memoir

“Over thirty years of friendship amounts to quite a few stories. I whittled away at them to form the story I wanted to tell.”

Oct 17, 2016
A Case of Picnic Anxiety

Introducing End It Now?, an advice column. Question 1: What to do about nervous tics?

In Defense of Suspension Points

“Is the ellipsis an oft-abused stab at accounting for omissions or a way of marking time, which is to say breath, which is to say life, thought?”

Sep 30, 2016
Blank Books and Letting the Ink Dry

“What ideas burn so brightly that they should besmirch generous, bare pages?”

Beyond the Realm of Prosody: The year I spent writing sonnets

How I wrote a failed sonnet that turned into my fourth novel.

Sep 22, 2016
“Unfinished”: On Process and Met Breuer’s “Thoughts Left Visible”

“I can’t help but be reminded of all the times I had put off major revisions in my manuscript in favor of tinkering with the minor.”

Sep 01, 2016