Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

When Kristine S. Ervin was eight years old, her mother, Kathy Sue Engle, was violently abducted from a shopping mall parking lot in Oklahoma and murdered. Though Ervin’s debut memoir, Rabbit Heart, does include an eventual resolution to the case in which Kyle Eckardt was convicted, the narrative is not categorizable as true crime, and […]

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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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Los Angeles Review of Books: Finally, a Cure for Eldest Daughter Syndrome! On Alexandra Tanner’s “Worry”

Los Angeles Review of Books: Finally, a Cure for Eldest Daughter Syndrome! On Alexandra Tanner’s “Worry”

BIG SISTERS ARE bullies. Big sisters have trauma. Big sisters are tired. They’ve been diagnosed with “eldest daughter syndrome”—for which there is no known cure. Are you the eldest daughter of an immigrant household or are you normal? Take it from a certain corner of the internet and big sisters are schlepping the whole world […]

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