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."

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

MOVED: On Speaking Spanish

by and | December 8, 2022

Maria Bustillos and Myriam Gurba discuss growing up bilingual in a monolingual world.

Image of a young Mexican American girl, the same girl as a woman, and her mother.

Tamales Are For Eating, Not Walking

by | December 1, 2022

Of all the sounds you can wake up to in Mexico City, my favorite by far is the distant shout of the local vendor slowly approaching your street, yelling “tamales.” My partner was usually up before me and would let me know the vendor was getting close as he handed me my hot cup of […]

Three Fillo's Walking Tamales pouches

Ethiopian Food as Divine Blessing

by | November 22, 2022

Some people self-care with a massage or a spa day. Me? I find the nearest Ethiopian restaurant, even if it means traveling hours by car, bus, train, airplane, or all of the above. It may seem like extreme lengths to go for a family serving plate of injera, doro wot, lamb tibs, and shiro, but […]

Ethiopian cuisine: kitfo with herbs and cheese on a plate and injera

Of Tacos y Heartbreak

by | November 10, 2022

Isabel Quintero and her ex-husband find the perfect tacos to eat at the end of their marriage.

street tacos

We Watch the Galaxy from Our Porch: Dating While Trans

by | October 28, 2022

With sadness, humor, and wit, trans writer féi hernandez pens a love letter to herself.

image of saturn, uranus, and neptune

No Princesses: Reflections on the Passing of Sacheen Littlefeather

by | October 24, 2022

Critic Myriam Gurba reflects on the passing of Sacheen Littlefeather and her attempted takedown by a notorious “pretendian” researcher.

sacheen littlefeather against an indigenous Mexican tapestry

Wonder Bread Visions and the Future of Western Civilization

by | October 21, 2022

Donald Earl Collins critiques Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, calling on producers and writers to deepen their apocalyptic imaginations by thinking racially.

poster for star trek: strange new worlds

Noncompliant Heart

by | October 18, 2022

Writer Wendy C. Ortiz traces the development of her rebellious spirit and schools us in fascism’s ties to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ronald Reagan

Learning to Throw Axes

by | October 7, 2022

Horrified by the overturning of Roe v Wade, a Latina consoles herself with a re-imagining of Medusa and axes.

illustration of medusa's head

Holding Life Lightly: Crybaby Will Dry Our Tears

by | October 4, 2022

Miah Jeffra reviews Cheryl Klein's fertility and cancer memoir "Crybaby", an exploration of cancer, fertility, eating disorder, queer desire, and the self.

book cover for Crybaby

Tenderness

by | September 29, 2022

Tenderness teaches us that if we consider softness with enough rigor, if we consider ourselves with enough softness, a wound is a portal, not an end. 

illustration of a man touching his heart

Flan Desparramado

by | September 27, 2022

A battered woman makes a crucial deal with Dominican Jesus: if she could escape her abuser in order to spend time with her dying mother, she would learn to make flan.

image of flan

Lady Mondegreen’s Jungle

by | September 22, 2022

In 1954 Sylvia Wright, an editor at Harper’s Magazine, wrote a piece for the magazine in which she recalls her childhood. Her mother would read the Scottish ballad “The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray” to her. Here is how young Wright heard the opening lyric: Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands, Oh, where hae ye been? They […]

A Shark-Infested Rice Pudding book cover

Melodrama-Rama: Absorbing Delight

by | September 20, 2022

The Telugu film RRR is an incredible mixture of genres, influences, and ideas: a historical epic with obvious ahistorical qualities, a combat-heavy actioner with exuberant song-and-dance numbers, a homosocial friendship drama with recognizably romantic montages. Strong notes of melodrama accent its potent blend. These notes appear not just literally—in musical form—but also within the film’s […]

RRR Poster

Company

by | July 14, 2022

I faked all of my book reports as a kid – I hated reading. I got good grades in my ESL classes only because of some natural ability with words. At least that’s what teachers said. Gifted. My ease with diction and syntax had less to do with natural ability and more to do with my growing ability to adapt. I was surviving.

vintage drawing of frogs going for a walk