Cover Photo: J. Longo
J. Longo

I Was a Seventh-Grade Book Censor

“Through books, the best parts of me could breathe and be seen. No boy was going to fuck that up for me.”

In seventh grade, I asked my mom to ban a book.

Brave New World

“Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun,
Kiss the girls and make them One.”

“Boys at one with girls at peace;
Orgy-porgy gives release.”

Brave New World Complete Works of Shakespeare Les Misérables

Brave New World

Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express

I wish we weren’t meeting like this, Cool Teacher. You think I’m like all the others, the ones who wrote ten-page stories when the assignment was ‘write a ten-page story.’ But I wrote one hundred pages about two friends named Katerina and Calypso, and Calypso gets her throat shredded by a wolf. There’s a picture! Please don’t make me talk about orgies.

1984

The Snowflake and the Coddler,

1984

How to show these Gammas I am a mature woman of letters without getting into rhymes-with-porgy territory?

1984you’re welcomeBrave New World Brave New World

Brave New World

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Oh wait. She means me. I am the prude. I am Big Brother.

1984

Brave New World.

Les Misérables War and Peace The Egypt Game.

The Complete Works A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Taming of the Shrew

Change your clothes. Ignore it.boys will be boyswhites will be whites, cops will be cops, straight people don’t want to see that, get off the internet then, what did you expect?

middle school

should

Brave New World

The Idiot

Abbey Fenbert is a writer and theater artist in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared online at The Toast, The Offing, McSweeney's, HowlRound and American Theatre. 

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