TASTEFUL RUDE

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About Tasteful Rude

Tasteful Rude’s editorial voice eschews politeness in favor of truth-seeking and fun. It is Tasteful Rude’s mission to abide by Edward’s Said’s commandment: "Criticism must think of itself as life-enhancing and constitutively opposed to every form of tyranny, domination, and abuse."

Pie Person

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To our delight, Grandma Clara's pie blended fresh eggs, fresh lemons from her tree, C&H sugar, real butter, and a lard crust. Endowed with otherworldly powers, she whipped up fluffy meringue with mere egg beaters. The toasted meringue resembled the melting snowpack of the Sierra Nevadas, defiant seams of brown in foamy white.

apple pie
On May 3, 2022

Extra-metatextuality: A Review of Chuck Klosterman’s The Nineties: A Book

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In his book "The Nineties", Chuck Klosterman is not interested in what’s conventionally understood or easily graspable but in the layers that either exist deep underneath or hover loftily. It’s what makes his essays and books so fun—it allows us to reconsider accepted wisdom.

the nineties book cover
On April 5, 2022

Everyday Slaughter

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My mother knew I loved rearing livestock, chickens especially. When I was young, she bought a goat for me. Three days after we brought it home, the animal died. "Your nature might not align with the goat," she said. "Does that mean I can't rear any livestock?" Sadness encroached. "Don't worry. Let's try a hen."

Hens and a rooster on a wooden window balk
On March 22, 2022

Julian

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A woman’s pandemic relationship with a cat deepens her humanity.

Cat showing his fangs
On January 21, 2022

A Suburban Caretaker’s Diary Entry

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With wit, and a dash of horror, a Black caregiver in the Bay Area suburbs reflects on the surreality of elder care during a pandemic.

suburban tract home in Palo Alto
On January 13, 2022

The Legacy of the 420 Nurse

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Weed culture is fascinated with feminine eroticism. Sex sells and often goes hand in hand with drugs. This has harmed many women who work in the marijuana industry, where being sexually exploited is part of the job.

sexy girl with cannabis
On January 4, 2022

While in Search of my Latinidad, an Abuser Found Me

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While a writer searched for her Latinidad, a narcissistic abuser exploiting his status as a Cuban dissident found her.

Bolivia Cabinet Awaits Estenssoro
On December 2, 2021

In the Aftermath: Reflections by Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

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An historian's witness statement poignantly chronicles the aftermath of sexual assault.

olympic swimmer
On November 30, 2021

CSU: University Administrators Need a Report Card: A+ for Exploitation!

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Grading Cal State University LA: administrators get an A for lip service and exploitation, and an F for ethical treatment of faculty and students

On November 16, 2021

Honoring Our Literary Ancestors: On Arcelia and Giovanni’s Room

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Organizers of Giovanni's Room unite to honor literary ancestors

acelia portrait
On November 11, 2021

Passion for Change: the Queer Rights Struggle in Nigeria

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Queer Nigerians organize to fight anti-LGBTQIA+ oppression in their country.

nigerian pride wall
On November 9, 2021

An Open Letter Not to Seattle

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A Latina calls out the city of Seattle for its social chilliness.

Seattle
On November 3, 2021

On Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision: a Conversation with Nadra Nittle

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Nadra Nittle takes meticulous inventory of the ingredients that enliven Toni Morrison’s spiritual vision.

Toni Morrison Book Cover
On October 26, 2021

The Word You May Be Looking For is “Stalking”

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From “Bad Art Friend” to the Miya Marcano murder to reports of femicide, writers shy away from a crucial word: stalking.

Woman being stalked by man
On October 8, 2021

Alone Together: Navigating Online Therapy During COVID-19

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For Nigerians seeking therapy, two options exist: IRL and URL. Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu describes her experiences with both.

On September 23, 2021

We Are The Ones Who Got Away

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The Petito case challenges us to consider how we language romantic harm. Domestic violence seldom stays at home.

arizona highway
On September 21, 2021

Sagradas: A Texas Story

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I was lost. Although I had never imagined myself as a mother at the time, I knew it couldn't happen the way it was going to. I was despondent and caught in a physically, emotionally and sexually abusive relationship. I didn't need a child. I needed help. During this terrible time, I experienced a clear realization that if I went forth with this pregnancy, my baby would suffer.

el paso church
On September 9, 2021

Notes on Imagined Places: From Tim’s Creek to Santo Domingo

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This imagined town in North Carolina, where all of Kenan’s stories take place, is home to preachers, farmers, Black and white people, the rich and poor. In this town lives a queer Black boy, Horace Cross, whose life is being shrunk by the social boundaries delimiting his desire, the same machinations of shame and disregard that turn many young Black queer people into ghosts of themselves.

a visitation of spirits
On September 3, 2021

Function at the Junction: Notes on Summer of Soul

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I’m getting ready for the function at the junction And baby you’d better come on right now Because everybody’s gonna be there We got people comin’ from everywhere – “Function At The Junction,” Shorty Long, 1966 There’s a long, long legacy of Black folks gathering around food and funk, bbq sauce and song. Before we […]

Summer of Soul
On August 19, 2021

Mushrooms Talk to Her: A Conversation with Bett Williams

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I first did mushrooms with a green-haired mermaid. It was Halloween, we were at an off campus party, and the sea creature invited me to climb into the back of her Bronco with these magic words: “I love your work.” By “work,” she meant the diary entries I posted online, which were mostly about cigarettes […]

wild kindness book cover
On August 17, 2021