On Being Warlike

On Being Warlike

In the new Spring issue of The Paris Review, we published an Art of Poetry interview with Alice Notley, conducted by Hannah Zeavin. To mark the occasion, we commissioned a series of short essays that analyze Notley’s works. We hope readers will enjoy discovering, or rediscovering, these lectures, essays, and poems.   This is another […]

Electric Literature: “The Shining” Helped Me Acknowledge the Violence in My Marriage

When I watched The Shining for the first time, the movie got stuck right when Jack Nicholson’s character takes an axe to the door of the room where his wife is hiding. “Here’s Johnny,” he’s about to declare, thrusting his face through the half-demolished door. But we got stuck just before that, when the door […]

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Electric Literature: Selected Arcana from My Literary Tarot 

Electric Literature: Selected Arcana from My Literary Tarot 

From a young age, I’ve been a collector and trader of cards: Topps movie tie-ins, the Garbage Pail Kids, Yo! MTV Raps, TGIF Laffs, and Starline’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, among many others. There was a real boom in the ’80s and ’90s where it seemed every last tendril of the shared cultural experience—from American […]

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Electric Literature: Queer People Still Struggle To Find Support, Meaning, and Connection

Electric Literature: Queer People Still Struggle To Find Support, Meaning, and Connection

The film opens with a view of London’s skyline; doused in a deep blue evening sky. Lights of the city blink. The onset of night reveals a man standing behind a window, translucent, looking down. He is shirtless; his arms are crossed; his expression is still and pensive. As he comes into focus, a pale […]

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Electric Literature: Fake Authenticity Is Toxic, and So Are Iowa-Style Writing Workshops

Electric Literature: Fake Authenticity Is Toxic, and So Are Iowa-Style Writing Workshops

“Authenticity Games” by Laura M. Martin I discovered Connection Games in 2021, after moving out of the townhome I shared with a man I’d met in my MFA program. I left the relationship and the confines of the small conservative town I worked in (though I kept the job, academic work is hard to come […]

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Electric Literature: Autistic Literature Will Flourish When We Stop Insisting That Writers Qualify Their Autism

Electric Literature: Autistic Literature Will Flourish When We Stop Insisting That Writers Qualify Their Autism

Three weeks after my third book came out, I experienced the first unmasked autistic shutdown of my life. What happened was this: driven into the ground by overwhelm—over-stimulated from doing larger events than I was accustomed to doing and feeling visible to readers in ways I’d never been before—I found myself unable to speak for […]

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