Books

"Maybe it will be good to remember the feeling of being alone. I’m always running around telling everyone how important it is for people to be alone for a while, which is weird because the only thing I learned while living alone was that I hate myself."

-Adrienne Eisen, Making Scenes

"Sometimes I think I'm the only one in our neighborhood with any worthwhile dreams. I have two, and there's no reason to be ashamed of either one. I want to kill Vadim. And I want to write a book about my mother."

from Broken Glass Park, by Alina Bronsky

"Sometimes it’s fun to know no one at a party — some other high school’s kegger or an asshole’s blowout in a posh hotel — but a casual champagne engagement brunch in someone’s apartment on a Sunday morning isn't one of them. "

-Beth Lisick, “Engagement Party” from Yokohama Threeway

Why is female vulnerability still only acceptable when it's neuroticized and personal; when it feeds back on itself? Why do people still not get it when we handle vulnerability like philosophy, at some remove?

Chris Kraus, I Love Dick

"Eventually you can’t help but figure out that, while gender is a construct, so is a traffic light, and if you ignore either of them, you get hit by cars. Which, also, are constructs."

-Imogen Binnie, Nevada