TASTEFUL RUDE

…a magazine that is typically tasteful. And a little bit 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."

Gravitas: An Interview with Poet Amy Berkowitz

by | June 20, 2023

Amy Berkowitz on her new book Gravitas, the graduate school gauntlet, and collective poetry experiments.

Book cover of Amy Berkowitz' "Gravitas"

I Didn’t Know You Were Indigenous

by | June 8, 2023

féi hernandez is back with a trans femme satire that roasts, and schools, those who question their indigeneity.

Masculinity is a Crypto Cult: Mattie Lubchansky’s Boys Weekend

by | May 31, 2023

In Mattie Lubchansky’s new graphic novel, Boys Weekend, the stag celebration achieves its final, and fatal, form.

cover of boys weekend

Gangs of Lagos Delivers Compelling Action

by | May 25, 2023

Gangs of Lagos, Amazon Prime Video’s debut African original film, delivers compelling action, illustrating the present by reawakening the past and gazing into the future

Gangs of Lagos movie poster

The Naked Eye

by | May 11, 2023

A gay man seeks community, and help finishing his homework, at a no-clothes-allowed party for queer men.

Four shirtless men at a pool party

When Moms Get political: Protest and Parenthood in Celeste Ng’s Our Missing Hearts

by | May 9, 2023

Acree Macam reflects on the murder of Tortuguita, activist parents and children, and Celeste Ng’s Our Missing Hearts

Cover of Celeste Ng's book "Our Missing Hearts"

Strangers on the Internet with My Name

by | April 27, 2023

According to HowManyOfMe.com, there are 3,568 Jennifer Lopezes, 3,208 Michael Jordans, 936 George Washingtons, 478 Jessica Simpsons, 468 George Bushes, 1 Beyonce Knowles (there can only ever be one), and about 50 people named Zach Zimmerman. Through the interconnected wonder and curse of technology, all 50 of us had been placed in a Facebook Messenger […]

Photo of a group of people all texting other people

A Phrase That’s Been Stuck in My Head for Four Years, Recalled: On Ted Chiang’s Exhalation

by | March 16, 2023

In his column, Jonathan Russell Clark re-examines the work of Ted Chiang, using it as a lens through which to understand today’s AI discourse.

girl sitting on carpet near TV set and talking with a robot while resting at home

Beautifully Ruined: A Case for Re-visiting Kate Braverman’s Lithium for Medea

by | March 14, 2023

Punk! Real estate! Venice Beach! Myriam Gurba re-introduces readers to Kate Braverman’s cult classic Lithium for Medea.

Photo of a man holding a surfboard at Venice Beach.

Treasure Box

by | March 7, 2023

In Treasure Box, Jamilla VanDyke-Bailey reflects on an important conversation that came too late.

A Black mother comforting her teenage daughter

Community

by | March 1, 2023

In his column, Alejandro Heredia meditates on the concept and practice of community: is it a group of people who beyond identity might have no personal and interpersonal bonds, or a commodity for corporations, non-profits, egotistical activists, and social media spiritual gurus looking to make profit off of an increasingly conscious society, or is it shared visions of the future as building blocks of collective living?

African American girl and her father planting a seedling.

The Musical Prison: How Song Drives Night of The Kings

by | February 21, 2023

Michael Kolawole writes about the spectacular use of music in Philippe Lâcote’s prison drama Night of the Kings.

An African man in profile

Secret CVs: The Slow Violence of Casual Sexism in Academia

by | February 9, 2023

An anonymous whistleblower describes the cumulative effect of sexual harassment in academia.

Photo of sexual assault perpetrator John Seale speaking at google.

A Biography’s Tale: On Anthony Burgess by Roger Lewis

by | February 7, 2023

Columnist Jonathan Russell Clark proves that sometimes, the best biographers can’t stand their subjects.

Clockwork Orange painting hanging on a pub wall in Arizona.

Perreo

by | January 19, 2023

Columnist Alejandro Herredia meditates on the democratic power of perreo.

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Black Candles for Bad Men

by | January 12, 2023

A supermarket worker turns to her ancestors for help stopping sexual harassment.

Black candle against a black backdrop

Infidelity for Beginners

by | January 10, 2023

A publicist engages in an activity she can tell no one about: an affair with her boss.

Serious blond woman deep in thought

Priest of Snark: Why One Young Man Heeded the Call

by | December 27, 2022

Isabel Tehan profiles a young man who followed his vocation into a dying profession: the Catholic priesthood.

Photo of Nathaniel Sanders, a Priest.

Homes and Haunts: Colson Whitehead’s The Colossus of New York

by | December 15, 2022

In Jonathan Russell Clark’s latest column, he writes about Colson Whitehead's The Colossus of New York and tries to summon some love for Colombus, Ohio.

Colossus of New York book cover

So You’ve Decided to “Live Your Life” Now That You Think COVID is Over…

by | December 13, 2022

As the pandemic rages on, Anna Hamilton urges the continued use of Covid precautions: "On some level, I understand being 'tired' of the pandemic. I understand missing 'normalcy.' But for people who have debilitating chronic illness, chronic pain/fatigue, and/or long Covid, our normal sucks."

Empty hospital bed by a window