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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Electric Literature: 7 Very Short Books That You Can Read in One Sitting

Electric Literature: 7 Very Short Books That You Can Read in One Sitting

A few years ago, I found myself getting into short books.  Works of fiction mostly, very short story collections.  I was quite literally attracted to their shortness—the slim spines a definite selling point.  At first I worried that my attention span was shrinking.   That soon—perhaps very soon—I wouldn’t read anything at all.  But no: I […]

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Electric Literature: 9 Short Story Collections About Women’s Bodies

Electric Literature: 9 Short Story Collections About Women’s Bodies

Short stories can do things novels cannot because they’re short. They’re limber and can dart in and out of close-fitting places. They can be weird and daring in ways that novels cannot always sustain. Joy Williams writes in, “8 Essential Attributes of the Short Story (and one way it differs from a novel), “A novel […]

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