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Emily Witt

6 May 2013

San Francisco’s sexual vanguard might overuse words like “consciousness” and “mindfulness,” but the success of their politicization of sex had repercussions that reached across the country. The mind-set could sometimes seem grim, or at least all that talking kind of dampened the feeling of spontaneity. But they meant it: “Polyamory is a decolonizing force,” one person explained to me. “If you want to transform society, it includes our intimate relations.” More…

For the lifelong female reader, the fault line between the unquestioned dominance of female writers who write for children and the defensive posture of women who write so-called literary fiction for adults arrives abruptly in adolescence. After reluctantly shelving Madeline L’Engle or Susan Cooper or E. Nesbit the female reader reaches into the twentieth-century canon for The Bell Jar. More…

23 April 2010

We were led to an elevator past tanks filled with pulsing jellyfish lit a glowing indigo. The elevator went down to the basement area where the spa was, and when the door slid open an impossibly tall drag queen greeted us, dressed only in white towels except for the diamonds that twinkled from her earlobes. More…

Originally published in Issue 9: Bad Money

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14 September 2009

He was directed to take a second test, one he could only recall later as assessing one’s aptitude in “general culture.” This, too, he passed. Finally the government told the remaining fifteen students what the tests were for. With an air of great benevolence and gravity, a functionary from the Ministry of Work told Gabriel he would be working in the movies. More…

Originally published in Issue 8: Recessional

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