Cris Mazza’s new book, Something Wrong with Her, is a memoir about anorgasmia—the inability to have an orgasm. Research suggests that at least 75% of women cannot reach orgasms through vaginal intercourse, and upwards of 15% are completely anorgasmic. The surplus of contemporary sexual memoirs would have us believe otherwise. Something Wrong with Her is not a book about overcoming anorgasmia. Rather, it is a poignant memoir about a girl who didn’t feel the sexual awakenings she knew she was supposed to feel, and about the boy who loved her nonetheless.
Offering personal feedback on works that we haven't fallen in love with would be like that guy or girl in high school who was into you but decided you weren't the one for him or her because your laugh was a certain way or because you wore Lee jeans instead of Levis and so he or she tried to change your laugh or jeans brand in hopes of finding you more attractive. What a dick.
I recently came across a sentient thesis on how President Obama's comments to the Jonas Brothers and their imagined intentions toward the First Daughters could result in a drone attack or that readers should assume that the President is drone happy because he is an overprotective father type.
No one counts the lost children as they fall, and the desert so often buries their stories. Each year thousands of children try to cross the U.S. Mexico border. Most travel from Central America. On this journey--one that can be over 2,000 miles long, the equivalent of walking from New York to Florida twice--the children must sneak past Border Patrol and guns. They must survive dehydration and starvation. They encounter gang violence and “coyotes” only to be held in corporate-run, for-profit detention centers.
Rae Bryant, the creator of, the Editor-In-Chief of, and the mastermind behind...
Fantastic time had by all at last night's debut of The Rue de Fleurus Salon and Reading Series at The Foundry Gallery in Washington, DC. Thank you to all who came out! This debut salon featured a reading by Rick Moody. Among the stories he read was his popular piece "Boys." Also, DC Writer and legend, Richard Peabody, kicked things off by reading a selection of poems. There were also a number of intermedia artworks on display by a number of DC, Baltimore, NY, San Francisco and Malaysian writers.
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, a literary and arts journal housed at The Johns Hopkins University, M. A. in Writing Program, is pleased to announce our new Rue de Fleurus Salon and Reading Series. Our debut event will be on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at The Foundry Gallery off Dupont Circle. Our featured reader will be Rick Moody. Free and open to the public.
The Rue de Fleurus Salon and Reading Series with Rick Moody
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, a Literary & Arts Journal Housed at The Johns Hopkins University, M. A. in Writing Program
is pleased to announce we will hold our Rue de Fleurus Salon at
1314 18th Street, NW, Washington DC, 20036
(One Minute Walk from the DC Hopkins Campus off Dupont Circle)
Dupont Circle Map, Hopkins Campus, Foundry Gallery, Parking, Hotel, Local Eats
Free and open to the public, wine and light food will be served
Start July 1, Four Weeks, Online, $75 | Are you able to start an essay but never finish it? Do you have a hard time trying to figure out what to write? And how about those sentences—do they flow together or are they choppy and awkward? Starting July 1st The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review will host a 4-week online workshop aimed at helping to improve your process and craft of writing creative nonfiction. Participants will read stellar essays by some of our favorite authors (Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker, James Baldwin, and F. Scott Fitzgerald to name a few), and use these works as a guide for improving your own craft. By the end of the workshop each participant will have a new, professionally edited and polished 2000 word essay, as well as a stockpile of new short essays to get you started and keep you writing. ENROLL NOW
Because Paul Rudd danced a special magic dance as Paris dressed as an astronaut with his magic hand wave in the air as if spreading love and fairy dust for Claire Danes dressed as an angel in Romero and Juliet, the good one, directed by Baz Luhrmann before he fucked up The Great Gatsby.
“How close are we fembots that can perform sexual acts” was one...
The Rue de Fleurus Salon and Reading Series takes its name from Gertrude Stein's famous Paris residence where she conducted her expatriate salon including luminaries such as Fitzgerald, Joyce, Hemingway, Matisse and Picasso. Our inaugural event will be held at Johns Hopkins, featuring Rick Moody, Richard Peabody, Annie Terrazzo, Chas Schroeder, Kareem Rizk, Peter Cardamone, Dana Little and Rae Bryant.
Eckleburg's Editor in Chief, Rae Bryant, will be the featured reader for Prose in Pubs this Sunday in Scranton, PA. Prior to the reading, she will be leading a small group writing workshop as part of the series. Come out. Have a beer. Listen to some words. You might even laugh a little.
Nabokov, when asked by a New York Times’ interviewer about the state of Lolita and its relevancy or lack thereof in today’s youth market—chewing gum versus heroin or some other such playground—responded “…as I have said often enough, I write for myself in multiplicate, a not unfamiliar phenomenon on the horizon of shimmering deserts.” This statement stayed with me. Story as journey toward mirrored images cast into a desert, changing as if mirages in the sun. And upon finding one such mirage or mirror, it is reflex to turn, stare it down, a De Niro in Taxi Driver, “You talkin' to me?”...
Friday, March 15, 2013
6 PM Reception | 7 PM Reading
Gilman Hall, Room 132, Homewood Campus
The Johns Hopkins University, M. A. in Writing Program, Baltimore, Maryland
Recently, I had some very good news and had to make some tough choices relating to this, choices I had never expected in my wildest dreams to have to make. It was all new to me and strange and good, but strange. I went directly to a writer who I considered to be a friend and someone who had helped advise previously and has shown support and happiness. Not a best friend or close mentor but a solid friend, someone who had often sought my advice and who I thought could help and would want to help, you get the idea. This time it was different. Where it got truly difficult was when he said, "You are very ambitious."...
AWP 2013. Boston. Hmm. Monster conference set on sleep-deprived surreality hashed on kick ass party reading, Steve Almond, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Sun Parade and hallucinatory academia anxiety and did you see so and so yet? And holy shit, supposed to be there and here, a stop by the Hobart table and Barrelhouse table and Gargoyle table and Sewanee table and Dzanc table and McSweeney’s table and Redivider table and Rumpus table and PANK table and Tin House table… And run to catch Michael Martone at the end of the corridor then run to catch lunch with so and so then back to the book floor and is it time for a nap? No, no, time to go back to the Hobart table for a clutch of books and a whiskey shot, fuck, I forgot my bag at the other end of the world or the mall or whatever the hell subterranean place this is but the shot is warm and good, and right, we need to eat. Let’s get food now before the next round and hello, hi, how are ya, wanna grab a bite, a beer, a couple of gatorades? Caffeine? Caffeine? Yes, caffeine is good. Or maybe crash and sleep till next week. No, no, Delillo is reading. No, no, time for LDM. Meet you across the street at McGreevy’s…
Rae Bryant’s essay “In the Buff: Literary Readings, Pasties, and Jiggling Genitalia”...