Evening Edition

These are a few of my other mothers. Maybe some of them are your other mothers too. —LJ

Other Mothers
Virginia Woolf
Princess Nokia
Clarice Lispector
Gayl Jones
Anna Kavan
Toni Morrison
Simone de Beauvoir
Georgia O’Keeffe
Cindy Sherman
bell hooks
Adrienne Rich
Lizzo
Anne Carson
Maggie Nelson
Audre Lorde
Diane Arbus
Kate Chopin
Marguerite Duras

The Other Canon
Once upon a time, the poet Marina Blitshteyn and I put together this OTHER canon of women and POC and queer folk. As you can see, the list is incomplete. Maybe you can help make it into the incredible resource we hoped it would become. Use liberally. Share it. Teach it. Our antecedents should not be forgotten.

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Everything is Permitted

More than once in my life people have told me they “only read nonfiction.” Whenever I hear those clichéd words come out of someone’s mouth, I think to myself: no wonder you have nothing original to say. And I love nonfiction! That isn’t the point. The point is to consider possible worlds. The point is consider possible feelings. The point is to stretch in and outside the familiar. Nothing is better than finding out something you consider your weirdest thought has been thought by someone else before, or, even better, finding out someone has thought much about what you didn’t even think to notice. The best: when you read a book, or poem, or story, and can never think the same way again. Life can be boring. The slog is long and hard. When I am done—and I mean done—with the mediocrity and sameness of every fucking day, poetry saves my life, every time.   —LJ

POETRY IS BETTER THAN COFFEE
Morgan Parker
Jamie Mortara
Switchback Books
Montreaux Rotholtz
Marina Blitshteyn
Poetry Comics

INTELLECTUALIZING
Everything is fucked: the syllabus
Clothes in books and ways to go wrong

SPORTS ARE FOR THE HOPEFUL
The best, most comprehensive gymnastics coverage on the web
The University of Georgia is an Olympian powerhouse
Eephus League Magazine (an exceptional website about baseball)
What if sportswriters discussed Peyton Manning’s whiteness the way they discuss Cam Newton’s blackness? 
9 year old Katie Ledecky getting an autograph from baby-adult Michael Phelps
Simone Biles in slow motion
That time Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD
US Men’s soccer is paid more to show up than US Women’s Soccer is paid to win championships

CRAFT THIS
The prettiest cheese plates you ever did see
DIY shrink charms
Save on craft supplies

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