Electric Literature: A Perfect Body Wasn’t the Right Shape For Me

Electric Literature: A Perfect Body Wasn’t the Right Shape For Me

“Public Parts” by Dayna Mahannah For the first hour, I sat alone on a stool with my cheese slices, enclosed in a private corner nook of classroom A046, wearing pool sandals and a trench coat. I could overhear the students introducing themselves. For some, it was their first life drawing class; others were charcoal-cuticled vets. […]

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Electric Literature: In “Women! In! Peril!,” Defying Societal Norms Is an Act of Reclamation

Electric Literature: In “Women! In! Peril!,” Defying Societal Norms Is an Act of Reclamation

Jessie Ren Marshall lives on an off-the-grid farm on Hawai’i Island. Women! In! Peril!, her irreverent stories are, as the title suggests, about women of various guises facing messy, precarious situations. This partial list of protagonists is a good indicator of Marshall’s amplitude: an Asian sex robot trying to outlast her return policy, a lesbian […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Porn Star and Feminist: On Jane Kamensky’s “Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution”

Los Angeles Review of Books: Porn Star and Feminist: On Jane Kamensky’s “Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution”

“DID PORN KILL feminism?” asked Amia Srinivasan in her widely read book The Right to Sex (2021). In the internet age, it sure can look that way. As Srinivasan pointed out, top commercial porn sites host billions of visitors every month. Today’s college students grew up with those sites just a click away. Many had […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

“I am a lawyer,” I nodded humbly, breath bated for the reaction I wanted—no, needed—to receive.  I said this to most people I met, as opposed to “I work in a law firm.” An innocuous difference at first, but one which belied a deep reliance on my job for my self-worth. I didn’t merely work […]

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Electric Literature: Alvina Chamberland Takes a Scalpel to Straight Men’s Secret Attraction to Trans Women

Electric Literature: Alvina Chamberland Takes a Scalpel to Straight Men’s Secret Attraction to Trans Women

Alvina Chamberland’s debut novel, Love the World or Get Killed Trying, is an explosive work of autofiction that combines playful and poetic prose, zingy social commentary, and razor-sharp gallows humor. The novel is structured as a stream-of-consciousness travelogue where we journey around Europe with the novel’s protagonist, an opinionated trans woman coming up to her […]

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